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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.
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:
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
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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The construction industry is designated as a priority industry for work health and safety due to the high number and rate of work-related injuries and illnesses and inherent risks associated with working in the industry. However, the Cole Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry found that the safety record for the industry was unacceptable.
The Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) was established in order to implement the majority of the Royal Commission’s WHS recommendations to develop, implement and administer a WHS accreditation scheme for Australian Government building and construction work.
In June 2004 it was announced that the FSC would be administratively established within the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. The FSC and the Scheme are provided for under the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 (the Act).
Subject to certain financial thresholds, only builders who are accredited under the Scheme can enter into head contracts for building work that is funded directly or indirectly by the Australian Government.
Directly Funded Projects:
Projects are considered to be directly funded where an Australian Government agency has responsibility for the project funding and development, for example a Defence facility, Medicare or Centrelink Office or a fit-out or refurbishment of existing Australian Government office accommodation.
The Scheme applies to projects that are directly funded by the Australian Government with a value of $4 million or more.
Indirectly Funded Projects
Projects are considered indirectly funded where an Australian Government agency contributes funding to a recipient through a funding agreement, grant or other program, for example road construction projects funded by the Australian Government or a new school built by a state government using funding provided by the Australian Government.
The Scheme applies to projects that are indirectly funded by the Australian Government where
the Australian Government contribution to a project is $10 million (including GST) or more, irrespective of the proportion of Australian Government funding.
The Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) has stricted requirements to develop documented processes for all WHS associated activities comparing the AS/NZS 4801. Here are some requirments:
Please contact us if you need our hands to assist you to develop and establish your FCS framework. We will assist you with
ISO 45001, the world’s most anticipated standard for workplace health and safety (WHS) systems was published on 12 March 2018. This new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management System standard is aligned with ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) and ISO 14001:2015(Environment Management System) which have been designed based on High Level Structure (HLS). ISO 45001:2018 has been designed as an international standard which has been published by International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to replace the existing standards such as OHSAS 18001:2007.
In developing the standard, consideration has been given to the content of other international standards (such as OHSAS 18001 or the International Labour Organisation’s “ILO–OSH Guidelines”) and national standards (such as AS/NZS 4801), as well as to the ILO’s International Labour standards and conventions (ILSs).
OHSAS 18001 and most likely AS/NZS 4801:2001 will be withdrawn after the publication of ISO 45001. Organisations that are currently certified to OHSAS 18001 and/or AS/NZS 4801 will have a three-year window to upgrade their existing certificate to ISO 45001.
So, if your organisation is considering implementing this new standard, a useful starting point is to complete a gap assessment. It will help you understand which areas you already meet and where you will need to implement new approaches or activity to address the requirements. If your organisation is already certified to AS/NZS 4801:2001 and/or OHSAS 18001:2007, the gap assessment will also help you to understand the gaps and how to address them to upgrade your existing OHS system to a ISO 45001 compliant one.
Implementing an ISO 45001-based OH&S management system will enable an organisation to improve its OH&S performance by
There are many minor differences in the content of ISO 45001 compare to OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801, but the major differences can be summarised as:
In the next section, the three OHS standards have been compared clause-by-clause in the comparison table.
|AS/NZS 4801:2001||OHSAS 18001:2007||ISO 45001:2018|
|0. Introduction||0. Introduction|
|1. Scope||1. Scope||1. Scope|
|2. Referenced Reference||2. Normative Reference||2. Normative reference|
|3. Definitions||3. Terms and Definitions||3. Terms and definitions|
4. OHSMS Requirements
4. OH&S Management Systems
|4. Context of the organisation|
|4.1. Understanding the organisation and its context|
|4.2. Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties|
4.1. General Requirements
4.1. General Requirements
|4.3. Determining the scope of OH&S management system|
|4.4. OH&S management system|
|10.3. Continual improvement|
|5.1. Leadership and Commitment|
|4.2. OH&S Policy||4.2. OH&S Policy||5.2. OH&S Policy|
|6.1. Actions to address risks and opportunities|
4.3.1. Planning identification of hazards, hazard/risk assessment and control of hazards
4.3.1. Hazard identification, risk assessment and determining controls
|6.1.2. Hazard Identification and assessment of risks and opportunities|
|6.1.4. Planning action|
|4.3.2. Legal and other requirements||4.3.2. Legal and other requirements||6.1.3. Determination of legal requirements and other requirements|
|4.3.3. Objectives and Targets|
4.3.3. Objectives and programme(s)
|6.2.1. OH&S objectives|
|4.3.4.OHS management plans||6.2.2. Planning to achieve OH&S objectives|
4.4. Implementation and operation
|4.4.1. Structure and Responsibility|
4.4.1. Resources, roles, responsibility, accountability and authority
|5.3. Organisational roles, responsibilities and authorities|
|184.108.40.206. Resources||7.1. Resources|
|220.127.116.11. Responsibility and accountability||5.3. Organisational roles, responsibilities and authorities|
4.4.2. Training and competency
4.4.2. Competence, Training and Awareness
|4.4.3 Consultation, communication and reporting|
4.4.3. Communication, participation and consultation
5.4. Consultation and participation of workers
|7.5. Documented information|
4.4.5 Document and data control
4.4.5. Control of documents
|7.5.2. Creating and updating|
|7.5.3. Control of documented information|
4.4.6 Hazard identification, hazard/risk assessment and control of hazards/risks
4.4.6. Operational Control
|8.1. Operational planning and control|
|8.1.2. Eliminating hazard and reducing OH&S risks|
|8.1.3. Management of Change|
|4.4.7. Emergency Preparedness and Response||4.4.7. Emergency Preparedness and Response||8.2. Emergency preparedness and response|
|4.5.1 Monitoring and measurement||4.5. Checking||9. Performance evaluation|
|4.5.1. Performance measurement and monitoring||9.1. Monitoring, measurement, analysis and performance evaluation|
|18.104.22.168. General||9.1.1. General|
|22.214.171.124 Health surveillance|
|4.5.2. Evaluation of Compliance||9.1.2. Evaluation of compliance|
4.5.2 Incident investigation, corrective and preventive action
|4.5.3. Incident investigation, nonconformity, corrective action and preventive action|
10.2. Incident, nonconformity and corrective action
|126.96.36.199. Incident Investigation|
|188.8.131.52. Nonconformity, corrective and preventive action|
|4.5.3 Records and records management||4.5.4. Control of Records||7.5.3. Control of documented information|
|4.5.4 OHSMS audit||4.5.5. Internal Audit||9.2. Internal Audit|
|4.6. Management Review||4.6. Management Review||9.3. Management review|
As there is a three-year transition period for replacing OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801 with ISO 45001, if you are already certified to the current OHS standard, it is a good timing for upgrading your system to ISO 45001, but if you have not achieved any OHS certificate so far, you can design your OHS management system based on the high level structure and get certified to ISO 45001:2018 as soon as certification bodies become authorised to issue the ISO 45001:2018 certificate.
As a best practice approach, you may follow the following step-by-step phases.
We have designed our exclusive gap assessment tool which provides you not only the gaps and the area where you need to improve, but also a numerical and graphical analysis of your current compliance score and how you can increase your compliance level.
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