As an Approved Quality Auditor for the NDIS Practice Standard BSI can provide both Verification and Certification assessments. We’ve been conducting assessments against Disability and Human Services Standards for over 15 years across Australia. No matter where you are in your NDIS certification journey, we can help you to ensure that both your organization and your clients are fully prepared for the next steps.
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS supports a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers ensuring they continue to get the support they need. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) is a new independent regulator that has been established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services by ensuring organizations that provide services to people with disability meet the NDIS Practice Standards.
The NDIS Commission will progressively take over regulation of safety and quality of disability services from states and territory governments:
- NSW and SA from 1 July 2018
- ACT, NT, QLD, TAS and VIC from 1 July 2019
- WA from 1 July 2020
Once the NDIS Commission begins operation in a particular state/territory, organisations that deliver disability services will be required to register with the NDIS Commission and demonstrate compliance with the NDIS Practice Standards by becoming certified or verified to these standards.
Existing State/territory Quality and Safeguard arrangements for disability services remain in place until each State/territory transitions to the NDIS Practice Standards. The NDIS Commission is working closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the states and territories to help make the transition as smooth as possible. The new arrangements will progressively replace existing quality and safeguards requirements for disability services in all states and territories.
What are the NDIS Practice Standards?
The NDIS Commission regulates the NDIS market, provides national consistence, promotes safety and quality services, resolves problems and identifies areas for improvement. In order to ensure a national consistent approach to quality and safety of services, registered NDIS disability service providers are required to comply with a national standard of quality and safety – The NDIS Practice Standards. The NDIS Practice Standards consist of a core module and several supplementary modules that apply according to the types of supports and services NDIS providers deliver.
The Core module covers:
- Rights and responsibility for participants
- Governance and operational management
- The provision of supports, and
- The support provision environment
The supplementary modules cover:
- High intensity daily personal activities
- Specialist behaviour support, including implementing behaviour support plans
- Early childhood supports
- Specialised support co-ordination
- Specialist disability accommodation
- Each module of the NDIS Practice Standards consists of a series of high level, participant focused, outcomes. Each outcome is associated to a number of quality indicators.