National Disability Insurance Scheme News

Welcome to 2020!

As we settle into 2020, all NDIS providers should be aware of  important changes to National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Rules 2018 (the Rules) which came into effect from 1 January 2020.

The changes address the regulatory burden on some NDIS providers, particularly companies delivering low risk supports. 

The Rule changes include:

1.     a consistent approach to audits for providers delivering only lower risk supports, irrespective of legal entity type. From 1 January 2020, companies (bodies corporate) will no longer be required to undergo a certification audit when registering to deliver only lower risk supports and services and instead undergo a verification audit.

We have included a link to a newly released guide from the NDIS Commission which highlights which audit pathways now apply to registration groups: https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/document/1006

The newly updated Verification Module and requirements appear here: https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/document/1051

2.     Modifying requirements for providers delivering higher risk supports to undergo a mid-term audit within 18 months of registration approval.

3.     Clarification about the types of changes and events about which a registered provider needs to notify the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner, including: 

·      particular significant events that are relevant to suitability for registration (such as insolvency, or adverse findings or enforcement action by relevant authorities)

·      changes in contact details

·      changes in scale, including significant changes in participant and worker numbers, and changes to the geographical areas and numbers of locations of registered supports.

If you wish to discuss the impacts of these changes to your business, please feel free to contact us.

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