Extract from an article by Ellie Cooper
Disability advocates welcomed the release of the long-awaited NDIS quality and safety framework, but expressed concern about the significant number of people outside the scheme who won’t be protected.
The COAG Disability Reform Council, led by Social Services Minister Christian Porter, said the framework would be nationally consistent and would establish the responsibilities of National Disability Insurance Scheme providers.
“Worker screening and reducing restrictive practices are key components of the new framework, and responsibility for this will be shared between the Commonwealth and state and territory governments,” the council said in a statement.
“The Commonwealth will establish a national complaint and serious incidents system and an NDIS code of conduct for providers and their staff.
“The Commonwealth will also establish a national registrar responsible for registering providers and overseeing their compliance with registration requirements, including compliance with the national standards for disability services and mental health services.”
For NDIS participants, the council said the framework would provide access to information and support in dealing with providers and avenues for resolving issues quickly.
“Providers will be expected to deliver person-centred, quality services, as well as develop and maintain a trusted, competent and skilled workforce that reflects the values and principles of the NDIS,” the council said.
People with Disability Australia welcomed the release of the framework, in particular the registrar who will monitor overall performance of providers and introduce a risk-based worker screening tool, the commissioner who will respond to complaints and serious incidents and have powers to conduct own motion investigations of providers, and the senior practitioner who will progress national work to eliminate restrictive practices..(continues)
SOURCE: Ellie Cooper, “Concerns NDIS Quality and Safety Framework Forgets Majority of People With Disability”, Pro Bono Australia, 07 Feb 2017
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