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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