Kymberly Martin

Red tape slashed for some NDIS providers

Changes to the NDIS Provider Registration Rules will simplify registration and the disproportionate regulatory burden placed on some NDIS providers without reducing safeguards for participants.

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“The rule changes are a win for the vast majority of small businesses such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists and assistive technology providers delivering lower risk supports such as therapies, home modifications and specialist equipment,” NDIS Minister Stuart Robert said.

From January 1, 2020 there will no longer be a need for all incorporated providers to undertake a certification audit based on whether or not they are incorporated. Instead, audit requirements will be based solely on the level of risk associated with the supports provided to participants.

The change streamlines the registration process for many small businesses seeking to become NDIS providers, while not reducing the responsibilities of registered providers or the full range of compliance and enforcement actions the NDIS Commission can take to safeguard people with disability.

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Currently, the rules push all providers that are bodies corporate into a certification audit process, irrespective of the types of supports delivered. This has the effect of placing different regulatory requirements on providers delivering lower risk supports, based on whether they are incorporated or not.

“As we deliver the final 20 per cent of the NDIS, we will continue to listen to participants, industry and advocates and prudently make changes to ensure the NDIS is functioning as it should,” the minister said.

For more information visit: www.ndiscommission.gov.au

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