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How to understand the NDIS MMM Pricing

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What is the MMM Model? 

The NDIS uses the Modified Monash Model / MMM 2019 (from 1 Oct 2020) to determine whether a location is a city, rural, remote or very remote. 

The model measures remoteness and population size on a scale of Modified Monash (MM) category MM 1 - MM 7.

MM 1 is a major city and MM 7 is very remote.

This influences the prices charged by a provider and paid by a participant in a specified location.

See below for an excerpt from the NDIS Support Catalogue that shows 3 prices for 1 single support.

3 pricing levels

How does the NDIS use the MMM Model?

Under the NDIS, the location of a service affects its cost: the more remote the service delivery area, the more expensive it is. 

The NDIS currently has 3 levels of pricing for each support:

  • MMM 1 - 5 is classified as National Non Remote and uses the standard (lowest) NDIS price rate.
  • MMM 6 is classed as National Remote and are generally 40% higher.
  • MMM 7 is classed as National Very Remote and are generally 50% higher.

Description

NDIA Zone

MMM

Inclusion

Metropolitan

MMM 1

1

All areas categorised as Major Cities of Australia.

Regional Centres

MMM 2-3

2

Areas categorised as Inner Regional Australia or Outer Regional Australia that are in, or within 20km road distance, of a town with population >50,000.

3

Areas categorised as Inner Regional Australia or Outer Regional Australia that are not in MM 2 and are in, or within 15km road distance, of a town with population between 15,000 and 50,000.

Regional Areas

MMM 4-5

4

Areas categorised as Inner Regional Australia or Outer Regional Australia that are not in MM 2 or MM 3, and are in, or within 10km road distance, of a town with population between 5,000 and 15,000.

5

All other areas in Inner Regional Australia or Outer Regional Australia.

Remote

MMM 6

6

All areas categorised Remote Australia that are not on a populated island that is separated from the mainland and is more than 5km offshore.

Very Remote

MMM 7

7

All other areas - that being Very Remote Australia and areas on a populated island that is separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore

How can I work out what price level to use?

The MMM rating of a location affects its cost.

NDIS providers and participants can determine the MMM rating of a location using the Health Workforce Locator tool which allows you to input the address of the service and then it advises the MMM rating of that location.

From 1 October 2020, the NDIA will be moving from the 2015 Modified Monash Model (MMM) to the 2019 MMM for classifying remote and very remote classifications.

Health Workforce Locator Tool

How do I use the Health Workforce Locator Tool?

Open the Health Workforce Locator:  

Health Workforce Locator Tool

Next to 'Modified Monash Model' select the 2015 Checkbox 

Click Find Address button and enter the address.

Enter address and click checkbox

 

Click Search Location button

Click Search

 

View the MMM Classification

See results

Use the appropriate column in the NDIS Support Catalogue.

Exceptions to MMM = Isolated Towns

Isolated Towns Modification

The NDIA modifies the Modified Monash Model classification of some locations. Where a location is surrounded by Remote or Very Remote areas then the NDIA classifies that enclave as a Remote area for planning and pricing purposes. The following Table sets out the enclaves that the NDIA has reclassified.

NDIA Enclave

Postcode

Location Name

State

MMM Rating

NDIS MMM Rating

Hay

2711

Hay

NSW

5

6

2711

Hay South

NSW

5

6

Balranald

2715

Balranald

NSW

5

6

Broken Hill

2880

Broken Hill

NSW

3

6

Roma

4455

Roma

QLD

4

6

4455

Blythdale

QLD

5

6

4455

Euthulla

QLD

5

6

4455

Orange Hill

QLD

5

6

Emerald

4702

Comet

QLD

5

6

4717

Blackwater

QLD

5

6

4720

Emerald

QLD

4

6

Moranbah

4741

Coppabella

QLD

5

6

4744

Moranbah

QLD

4

6

Dysart

4745

Dysart

QLD

5

6

Charters Towers

4820

Queenton

QLD

4

6

4820

Charters Towers

QLD

4

6

4820

Alabama Hill

QLD

4

6

4820

Breddan

QLD

4

6

4820

Broughton

QLD

4

6

4820

Grand Secret

QLD

4

6

4820

Millchester

QLD

4

6

4820

Mosman Park

QLD

4

6

4820

Richmond Hill

QLD

4

6

4820

Southern Cross

QLD

4

6

4820

Toll

QLD

4

6

4820

Towers Hill

QLD

4

6

Merredin

6415

Merredin

WA

5

6

Kalgoorlie

6430

Kalgoorlie

WA

3

6

6430

Broadwood

WA

3

6

6430

Hannans

WA

3

6

6430

Karlkurla

WA

3

6

6430

Lamington

WA

3

6

6430

Mullingar

WA

3

6

6430

Piccadilly

WA

3

6

6430

Somerville

WA

3

6

6430

South Kalgoorlie

WA

3

6

6430

West Kalgoorlie

WA

3

6

6430

West Lamington

WA

3

6

6430

Williamstown

WA

3

6

6432

Boulder

WA

3

6

6432

South Boulder

WA

3

6

6432

Victory Heights

WA

3

6

Kambalda

6442

Kambalda West

WA

5

6

6442

Kambalda East

WA

5

6

 

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