NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
An independent Commonwealth body is being established to oversee the delivery of quality supports and services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The 2017-18 Budget included $209.0 million to fund the establishment and operations of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) over the next four years. The National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017 to establish the NDIS Commission was passed by the Australian Parliament on 4 December 2017.
The NDIS Commission will implement the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework which was released by the Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council in February 2017. The Framework will come into effect as each state and territory reaches full scheme NDIS. The Framework sets out a national system to support NDIS participants, carers and providers – upholding the standards that participants deserve, and ensuring clarity on the rights and responsibilities of participants, providers and their staff.
The NDIS Commission will be established in early 2018, and is expected to commence operations in each state and territory by 1 July, 2020. In New South Wales and South Australia, that happens from July 2018. Remaining states reach full scheme in July 2019, except Western Australia which is expected to reach full scheme in July 2020.
The NDIS Commission will support NDIS participants to exercise choice and control, ensure appropriate safeguards are in place for NDIS supports, and establish expectations for providers and their staff to deliver quality support.
Further details on the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission can be found at the NDIS Commission website.