We all want the NDIS to succeed. Thousands of lives are already being improved at the trial sites, and we know eventually the NDIS will make a huge difference for nearly half a million Australians. But to ensure the NDIS works well for everybody, we need people to feel safe and confident using it.
The Federal government is currently asking people with disability, families and carers for ideas. It wants your feedback on the issues of safety and standards. Because nobody knows more about this stuff than you.
Under the old system, which is still in the process of being phased out, each state has its own set of rules about quality and keeping people safe. But this is changing. As the NDIS rolls out across Australia, it’s crucial that rules about getting good supports and keeping people safe are the same across the country.
That’s why the government is asking for input in formulating what it calls “a new quality and safeguarding framework to streamline the rules across all states and territories”.
A public consultation process was launched recently by the COAG Disability Reform Council – made up of state, territory and federal disability ministers – to discuss quality and safeguards for the NDIS.
As you know, people with disability are potentially vulnerable. As the model for providing support changes, we have to make sure we minimise the risk of any harm.
We also need to trust registered providers, especially under the NDIS where you can choose your service providers in most cases.
How to ensure these things happen? As we say, it starts with you.
Find out about the more about the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework and download the consultation paper.
This is your chance to have a say on any issue that relates to safety and the quality of service providers.
Maybe you have concerns about how to feel safe with a carer in a one-on-one situation. Or maybe you’ve got concerns about something simple like healthy food. No matter how big or small your idea, the government wants to hear from you.
And while you’re on the site downloading the form, you can read submissions from others.
The consultations are open now and will close on 30 April 2015. This is your chance to use your experience to make things better for everybody. And remember, no idea is too big or too trivial. Not when your safety is concerned.