At the NDIS Provider Forum in Adelaide this week, we heard a lot of detail around the National Quality and Safeguards Framework that will be coming in to effect from 1 July 2018.
Here are 8 things providers need to know:
- The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (or the Commission) will oversee the implementation of a new quality assurance scheme, to include the new Practice Standards, only for States that have completely rolled out – South Australia and New South Wales will be the first to transition.
- Both the new provider ‘registration’ and registered provider ‘transition’ processes under the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework are now known. However, the Practice Standards are still being finalised and expected to be released in April 2018.
- Existing providers registration will continue to be recognised and the Commission will initiate renewals against the new standards progressively.
- The NDIS Practice Standards will address:
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Governance and Operational Management
- Provision of Supports
- Support Provision Environment
- The providers will have to undergo ‘verification’ and/or certification’, depending on the type of services they’re intending to deliver. The Commission will be responsible for approving all registrations.
- A Provisional Licence will be granted for providers applying for, or, adding additional registration groups.
- Registration will consist of annual surveillance and 3 yearly recertification. Auditors will make recommendations to the Commission of compliance and for a provisional licence.
- Organisations will need to select from a list of recommended auditors will be provided by the Commission. Auditors will be expected to ‘work with and help empower’ providers. The audits themselves will be proportional to the organisations size and service footprint.
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We partner with you from start-to-finish, providing ongoing education, support and advice. Our experienced Team will develop high-quality, tailored documentation – including policies and procedures and self-assessments – so your organisations will comply with the new Practice Standards upon release. We can even help you prepare for audit!
While organisations already registered will roll in to the new Framework form the NDIA, the Commission will be contacting organisations to take them through new compliance expectation. For registered providers, Amerginhub is your ongoing compliance resource portal with industry / government updates, useful resources and tools and much more! We can also develop website and deliver tailored NDIS organisation preparedness workshops for your business.