With the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) underway in the disability sector, it is essential that our work integrates with the new quality and safeguarding arrangements being implemented by the Commonwealth.
During the NDIS transition period all existing laws and policies to protect people and ensure quality services for people with disability will be in place, and then further supported by our scheme which commences on 1 July 2020.
A national approach to safeguards and quality
The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework is a nationally consistent approach to help empower and support NDIS participants to exercise choice and control, while ensuring appropriate safeguards are in place. It establishes expectations for providers and their staff to deliver high-quality supports and services.
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission registers and regulates disability service providers who are delivering NDIS funded services. Our scheme will regulate individual disability workers, no matter where the funding comes from for the services they deliver.
This means that all Victorians receiving disability services, including those funded by WorkSafe Victoria, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) or privately, benefit from the same safeguards and protections.
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has the power to ban providers from delivering NDIS funded supports. The Disability Worker Regulation Scheme will have the power to prohibit workers from providing disability services if they present a serious risk to the life, health, safety or welfare of a person or the public and meet the requirements of the Act to make a prohibition order.
We will have cooperative arrangements with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission for the lawful exchange of information and referral arrangements when this is needed. This will streamline how the two commissions work together if there are complaints and notifications about Victorian disability workers who are providing NDIS funded supports.