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NDIS quality commission bill sent to Senate committee

Disability sector stakeholders have until 28 July to make a submission to a Senate inquiry examining the government’s proposed legislation to establish a new quality and safety commission to oversee the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The government’s bill, which was introduced into Parliament on 31 May, seeks to create a new statutory authority with national responsibility for implementing the scheme’s Quality and Safeguarding Framework.

In this year’s budget, the Federal Government allocated $209 million over four years to operate the new body, which would replace existing state-based regulatory schemes as the NDIS becomes fully operational by 2020.

The Senate referred the government’s bill to a Senate committee inquiry on 15 June and the committee is due to report on 5 September.

Under the proposed government legislation, the new authority would be given wide-ranging responsibilities including to:

  • register NDIS providers and monitor compliance with national standards
  • respond to complaints and reportable incidents, such as abuse of a person with disability
  • oversee and enforce a new national code of conduct for all workers, and
  • issue penalties for breaches of the code
  • set national policy for the screening of workers
  • monitor restrictive practices in the industry, such as use of physical restraints.

To make a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry, click here.

For more information on the government’s proposed legislation, click here.

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