About the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS is a major reform of disability services in Australia and was launched in July 2013. The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible individuals with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The Scheme is being rolled out incrementally across Australia. For details for each state visit the NDIA website.
About Developmental Educators and the NDIS
Developmental Educators are recognised by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as professionals with disability specific expertise who can provide services under the NDIS. Developmental Educators may be registered with NDIA as a sole provider or work for an agency that is an NDIA registered service provider. Currently, only a few Developmental Educators have registered with NDIA as sole providers, however this number is steadily growing.
Developmental Educators can register with NDIA to provide supports that are relevant to their qualifications, knowledge and expertise, including:
Information for NDIA registration:
If you are interested in becoming a registered sole provider with NDIA you will find all the necessary information on the NDIA website. Follow the links below which will take you to the NDIA website:
Please note, in SA and NSW all new registrations are now managed by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (From July 2018).
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) is a new independent body that regulates NDIS providers, positive behaviour support services, and the resolution of complaints about the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. It will replace the various quality and safeguards arrangements that have been in place in states and territories. The NDIS Commission will work with providers to support continuous improvement and quality in the NDIS. The NDIS Commission will oversee the implementation of the new ‘NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework’ as it begins operating in each state and territory.
The NDIS Commission will roll-out in stages: 1 July 2018: NSW and SA; 1 July 2019: ACT, NT, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria, and 1 July 2020: WA.
From the Commission’s website:
Legislation, rules and policies
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is a new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services.
The legislation that established our agency sets out our core functions and framework:
The NDIS Rules provide further necessary details:
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Code of Conduct) Rules 2018 [F2018L00629]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Rules 2018 [F2018L00631]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support) Rules 2018 [F2018L00632]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation Conditions) Rules 2018 [F2018L00627]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Specialist Disability Accommodation – Participating Jurisdictions) Rule 2018 [F2018L00626]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Transitional Rules 2018[F2018L00630]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Incident Management and Reportable Incidents) Rules 2018 [F2018L00633]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Complaints Management and Resolution) Rules 2018 [F2018L00634]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Definition) Rule 2018 [F2018L00628]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Protection and Disclosure of Information – Commissioner) Rules 2018 [F2018L00635]
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Practice Standards – Worker Screening) Rules 2018 [F2018L00887]
A short summary of the NDIS Rules is a useful resource.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Complaints Management and Resolution) Rules 2018 require the Commission and NDIS providers to have proper regard to procedural fairness requirements in managing complaints. These Procedural Fairness Guidelines explain the principles and approach to procedural fairness that is proportionate and appropriate to the issues being raised in a complaint.
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Approved Quality Auditors Scheme) Guidelines 2018 [F2018N00114]
The Approved Quality Auditor Scheme provides the framework for auditing of registered NDIS providers, including the approval process for approved quality auditors who will conduct the audits.
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Quality Indicators) Guidelines 2018 (Notifiable Instrument) [F2018N00041]
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Quality Indicators) Guidelines 2018 provide the detailed indicators for each of the NDIS Practice Standards. They should be read alongside the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Rules 2018.
- NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework
- Intergovernmental Agreement on Nationally Consistent Worker Screening for the NDIS
- Procedures for determining breaches of the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct and for determining sanction
The Resources page has other useful information, including fact sheets.
NDIS Quality and Safety Commission, Worker Orientation Module ‘Quality, Safety and You’ – This module called ‘Quality, Safety and You’ will assist all NDIS workers to better support people with disability. This module is an interactive online course that explains the obligations of workers under the NDIS Code of Conduct – from the perspective of NDIS participants. It was developed in consultation with the sector, including NDIS providers and people with a disability. It will be mandatory for all registered NDIS providers under the NDIS Commission to embed the module within their induction and learning programs and provide opportunities for workers to complete the module over time.
Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance:
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