A national approach to safety and quality
The NDIS Commission will work to improve the safety and quality of services delivered by NDIS providers when it begins in each state and territory.
This will include new requirements for providers, such as:
- registration requirements
- NDIS Practice Standards
- an NDIS Code of Conduct
- worker screening
- complaints management and resolution requirements
- incident management requirements, including reportable incidents
- additional safeguards for behaviour support and restrictive practices.
The NDIS Commission will help people with disability resolve complaints about NDIS providers and will strengthen the skills and knowledge of providers and participants across Australia. Learn more about what we do.
Providers in New South Wales and South Australia who were registered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) before 30 June 2018 are now registered under the NDIS Commission, with other states and territories to follow from 1 July 2019 and, in the case of Western Australia, on 1 July 2020.
The new arrangements will, over time, replace the current quality assurance checks in each state and territory.
By 2020, there will be a single registration and regulatory system for providers across Australia, giving people with disability, their families, and their carers peace of mind that they can expect the same standards of supports and services wherever they live.
The NDIS Practice Standards and the NDIS Commission’s registration process will set the quality expectations for NDIS providers, while supporting them to maintain or improve their level of quality.
Worker screening is a way to check that the people who are working or wish to work with the NDIS do not present an unacceptable risk to people with disability. It is an important tool for employers’ recruitment, selection and screening processes, and in the ongoing review of the suitability of their workers.
As a part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguarding Framework, the Commonwealth and most states and territories will transition to nationally consistent worker screening arrangements.
When it is implemented, the NDIS Worker Screening Check will replace the different arrangements currently operating in each state or territory and set a single national standard for all workers. Some states and territories may have additional requirements in some circumstances, e.g. people working with children may need to undertake additional screening.