A Bill has been introduced in Federal Parliament to establish a Commission to monitor the quality and safety of services providing support to individuals on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Commission will be known as the 'NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission' and will register entities providing NDIS services to manage complaints and provide leadership in relation to behavioural supports.
They will have the power to suspend registration for up to 30 days, for example, the Commissioner may suspend an NDIS provider for a specified period 'if the Commissioner is satisfied that the person is no longer suitable to provide supports or services to people with disability, having regard to any matters prescribed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme rules.'
The legislation anticipates the promulgation of the Code of Conduct to be known as the NDIS Code of Conduct and if a person contravenes the code liable for civil penalty of up to 250 penalty units which is $52,500 (one penalty unit being $210).
If your organisation is, or are planning to be, an NDIS supplier it is important to keep abreast of the legislative developments and contribute to the debate to ensure that the best possible legal arrangements are in place as the NDIS rolls out.
Neumann & Turnour Lawyers are supporting organisations by providing advice on the impact of the legislation and also in making submissions to government on how the legislation can be improved.
The legislation can be reviewed here.