Support for NDIS providers
The Australian Government has established a program to support NDIS providers in meeting their quality and safeguarding responsibilities.
In the 2018-2019 Budget, the Australian Government invested $17.6 million over four years in a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Support for NDIS Providers Program.
The program funds the development and delivery of tools and resources that will be available to all NDIS providers. These large-scale projects will focus on supporting providers to meet their responsibilities to provide safe and quality services to NDIS participants.
In addition to resources developed under the 2018-19 grants opportunities (see below), the NDIS Commission is inviting a small number of organisations to develop specific additional supports for NDIS providers in 2019-20, including:
- A project to establish a mechanism to support self-managing participants and their families in understanding their need, if any, to be registered as providers with the NDIS Commission and what the registration process involves. The grant is only open to Inclusion Australia (NCID) Limited.
- A project to develop risk management, complaints handling and reportable incidents systems to help small NDIS providers and those in rural/regional locations meet NDIS Practice Standards by providing cost-effective access to these systems, rather than requiring them to develop their own. The grant is only open to the National Disability Services Limited (NDS).
These grant opportunities have been published on GrantConnect (only available to organisations invited by the NDIS Commission to apply).
A mix of open and targeted grant opportunities were available in 2018-19:
- An open, competitive grants process targeting large-scale projects that will benefit all providers.
- The other two grants opportunities were closed. Two organisations were invited directly to apply for these targeted grants: Allied Health Professions Australia to provide tools and resources to assist allied health practitioners and business in meeting the new quality and safeguarding arrangements, and the NSW and SA Councils for Intellectual Disability to support people with intellectual disability to be aware of and engage with the new NDIS Code and Practice standards.
Deliverables under these grants include training products, information sessions, webinars, tools and a range of other accessible resources. These will be released progressively from 2020 into 2021.
Details of awarded grants are available on GrantConnect (under Grant Awards) and are listed in the table below.
|Grant Recipient||Location||Grant Activity||Amount (GST Exc)|
|Allied Health Professions Australia Ltd||Melbourne, VIC||Support for allied health professionals to undertake registration with the NDIS||$500,000|
|Amergin Pty Ltd||Paddington, QLD||Online education and capacity building for NDIS providers.||$741,796|
|Cullunghutti Aboriginal and Family Centre Inc||South Nowra, NSW||Our Story, Our Journey: Supporting Aboriginal Services to become NDIS Providers.||$396,918|
|La Trobe University||Bundoora, VIC||Resources for Delivering and Monitoring Quality of Evidence Informed Practice.||$750,000|
|Mental Health Coordinating Council Ltd||Lilyfield, NSW||Forum and webinars on Quality Assurance for providers supporting people with psychosocial disability.||$629,000|
|National Disability Services Limited||Deakin, ACT||'Conversations and Collaborations' project, including workshops and materials for Communities of Practice, Restrictive Practices, Code of Conduct and Quality Assurance.||$750,000|
|Parkinson’s NSW Limited||North Ryde, NSW||Instructional Program and Resource Pack for providers and boards to meet Quality Assurance.||$396,600|
|Summer Foundation Ltd||Box Hill, VIC||Specialist Disability Accommodation quality and safeguards education, training and capacity building.||$481,701|
|The New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability||Surry Hills, NSW||Develop and present resources and workshops for people with intellectual disability.||$400,000|
|The Northcott Society||North Parramatta, NSW||Best‐in‐Class: A practice framework for High Intensity Daily Personal Activities.||$674,550|