NDIS Rule 2019 – New changes that will commence on 1/1/2020

Introduction

The amended National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Rules 2018 (the rules) have been made by the Commissioner as “National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Rules 2019”. The rules will commence on 1 January 2020.

In the following paragraphs, you will find a summary of these changes, but the Rules 2019 is available on https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L01565.

 

Summary of the new changes

1. Type of Audit for the Body Corporate with Low-Risk supports and services

Bodies corporate (Pty. Ltd. Companies) will no longer be required to undergo a certification audit when registering to deliver lower risk/lower complexity supports and services only (listed below). They are now required to meet the requirements of the Verification modules, which is consistent with the assessment of sole traders or partnerships.

This change means that:

  • They will be assessed against the Verification Module (5 standards) rather than Certification Core Module (22 standards).
  • They will be audited every 3 years as “Recertification Audit”, and no “Surveillance Audit” is required.
  • The audit will be undertaken as a “Desktop Audit” and no “Onsite Audit” required.
  • … last but not least, the cost of consulting, developing the policies and procedures and auditing is now cheaper for them.

Here is the list of lower risk/lower complexity registration groups:

101- Accommodation/tenancy assistance

103- Assistive Products for Personal Care and Safety

105- Personal Mobility Equipment

108- Assistance with travel/transport arrangements

109- Vehicle Modifications

111- Home Modifications

112- Assistive equipment for recreation

113- Vision Equipment

114- Community Nursing Care

116- Innovative community participation

119- Specialised Hearing Services

120- Household Tasks

121- Interpreting and Translation

122- Hearing Equipment

123- Assistive Products for Household Tasks

124- Communication and information equipment

126- Exercise Physiology and Personal Training

127- Management of funding for supports in participant’s plans

128- Therapeutic supports

129- Specialised driver training

130- Assistance animals

134- Hearing Services

135- Customised Prosthetics

2. Frequency of the Surveillance Audit 

Frequency of the “Surveillance Audits” for All providers who are required to undergo a Certification audit (but not Verification Audit), regardless of Business structures (listed below), has changed from 12-monthly to 18-monthly.

This change means that they will be assessed less frequently and consequently probably pay less auditing fee.

Here is the list of registration groups that are required the “Certification Audit”:

102- Assistance to access and maintain employment or higher education

104- High intensity daily personal activities

106- Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transitions and supports

107- Assistance with daily personal activities

110- Specialist positive behaviour support

115- Assistance with daily life tasks in a group or shared living arrangement

117- Development of daily care and life skills

118- Early intervention supports for early childhood

125- Participation in community, social and civic activities

131- Specialist disability accommodation

132- Specialised support coordination

133- Specialised supported employment

136- Group and centre‑based activities

 

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