The major changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Rules 2018 came into effect from 1st January 2020 with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Rules 2019. There are no changes to the Core or supplementary Module of the practice standards.
The changes address the unreasonable regulatory burden on some NDIS providers (particularly sole traders delivering lower risk supports). The changes also adjust audit processes to emphasise the proportionate approach for the type and scale of NDIS service provider, without compromising the safeguarding effects of the regulatory provisions.
The rule changes include:
- Rationalising audit methods for providers delivering lower risk supports irrespective of their legal entity type.
- Balancing the quality audit process for providers according to their type and scale.
- Allowing specific practice standard to not apply to a particular provider if deemed irrelevant to the provider’s service provision upon recommendation of an auditor.
- Imposing a condition of registration on providers subject to a certification assessment requiring a mid-term assessment within 18 months of registration approval.
- Extending notification requirements for the types of changes and events about which a registered provider must notify the NDIS quality and safeguards commissioner.
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