What will the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission mean for your organisation?
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) which commenced in NSW and SA in July 2018, will provide a single, national registration and regulatory system for providers across Australia. It will strengthen and build the capacity of NDIS providers, improve the quality of services for participants and prevent harm, resolve problems and provide oversight of service provision and the NDIS market.
Under the NDIS Commission, the NSW Disability Services Standards are replaced by the NDIS Practice Standards which, while similar in many respects, have some significant differences.
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Fact Sheet for NSW Providers
Code of Conduct
All providers must now comply with the NDIS Code of Conduct
All providers will transition to a nationally consistent Worker Screening Check process.
As previously, providers will need to have a complaint management procedure in place which affords procedural fairness to participants. Complaints about participant plans will continue to be made to the NDIA while complaints about quality or safety of NDIS supports will now be made to the NDIS Commission.
As part of the new arrangements, states and territories continue to be responsible for the legislating and policy arrangements for authorisation and consent to use a restrictive practice.
In effect, providers in NSW need authorisation by the state authority which in NSW is the Dept. Family and Community Services (FACS) which can be undertaken through the Restrictive Practices Portal. https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/providers/deliver-disability-services/restrictive-practices-authorisation-portal Providers need also to follow the NDIS (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support) Rules 2018, regarding reporting. https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/document/966
Registered NDIS providers must report ‘reportable incidents’ to the NDIS Commission and must have an effective incident management system in place.
Compliance and Enforcement
Monitoring and compliance are important roles of the NDIS Commission which will work with NDIS providers to help them comply with the new quality and safeguards requirements, including through education and training about their obligations. https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2018-07/Compliance%20and%20Enforcement%20Policy.pdf