A grants program to support National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers meet new regulatory requirements has been launched. The program is intended to assist existing and prospective providers deliver safe and high quality services and supports to NDIS participants, under the new Quality and Safeguarding Framework.

The Support for NDIS Providers Program is an annual scheme, with up to $4.3 million available in 2018-19.

The government is making an open call to the market to deliver projects that will benefit all providers in meeting their new registration requirements, Minister for Social Services Paul Fletcher said.

“We will also work directly with New South Wales and South Australian Councils for Intellectual Disability to assist participants with information on the new NDIS Code of Conduct and Practice Standards, as well in new processes for auditing registered NDIS providers. Because allied health professional make up the majority of individuals and small businesses registered with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission we will work with Allied Health Professions Australia to develop specific tools to assist them in engaging in the new quality and safety standards,” the minister said.

The program will be administered by the Commission which is operating in NSW and SA, rolling out nationally by July 2020.

Applications for funding close on April 29, 2019.

For information on eligibility criteria, grant guidelines and how to apply visit: www.ndiscommission.gov.au/grants