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The tragic stories of the last few weeks – Ann Marie Smith, Willow Dunn – have touched us all. We are a community of people with disability and their families and carers. And we are both angry and heartbroken at their horrific lives and deaths.

What these two tragic stories have in common is failures. Failures with the systems – and failures within the community.

One of those systems is the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

The Joint Standing Committee into the NDIS has just announced they will conduct an inquiry into the NDIS Commission.

This will be a super fast inquiry into what is working, what is not and what needs to change.

The Committee want to know:

❓ How well the Commission responds to complaints

❓ How well the Commission investigates incidents reported to it

❓ If the NDIS Code of Conduct and Practice Standards are working in practice – and if not what changes should be made

❓ If there is enough information for NDIS participants about provider registration and worker screening

❓ Whether the Commission has enough power to do the job it has been given

❓ Whether the Commission has enough resources to do the job it has been given

❓ Anything else

Given the terrible events of the last few months this is a really important inquiry – so they need to hear from you.

If you have had an experience with the Commission and want to share it with the Committee NOW is your chance.

You can make an individual submission to the Committee. It can be as simple as sending an email. There is more information on how to do that on the Committee’s webpage.

We know not everyone wants to make an individual submission. But it is still really important to have your voice heard.

So you can tell us your story – and we will pass it on to the Committee for you.

We will collect all the stories and provide them to the Committee. We will write a summary at the front which will be made public. But we will tell the Committee to keep all the individual stories private. And we won’t write anything in the summary that can identify anyone in any way.

Just use the form on this page to let us know what you want to tell the Committee. And we will pass the message on.

So if you have reported something to the Commission, made a complaint or have any ideas about what would make the system work better, the Committee needs to hear from YOU.

This inquiry is happening super fast so there is not much time. Submissions close on July 31.

 

Want us to pass along your message?

Use the form on this page to write us a message and we will include it with all the others.

We will not share your personal details with anyone.

 

Or would you like to give the Committee your message directly?

The Joint Standing Committee into the NDIS are accepting submissions until July 31.

They have an Easy English Guide here.

 


Links

New inquiry into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – Every Australian Counts

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS tagged articles – Every Australian Counts

Inquiry into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Australian Parliament

Inquiry into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – Terms of reference – Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Australian Parliament

Easy English Guide to making a submission – Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Australian Parliament

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