Due to the demands created by COVID19, it has been decided that the quality and safeguarding transition from WA Government to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission will be postponed till December 2020.
The transition of the oversight of quality and safeguards of the providers of supports for NDIS participants to NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS QSC) from the WA Government has been deferred from July 1 to December 1, 2020. This is to allow the industry and Government to focus on the demands that have been created by COVID-19 pandemic.
The current WA government oversight of service delivery to NDIS participants will continue until transition.
During the extension in time, complaints investigation and resolution area of the WA Health and Disability Services Complaints Office (HaDSCO) will be allocated more resources and the existing quality and safeguarding functions performed by the WA Department of Communities will continue.
The WA State Government has also allocated $2 million via the Sector Transition Fund to help prepare the disability sector to meet the requirements of the NDIS Commission.
It is important to note that the WA government’s current quality and safeguarding arrangements for the Continuity of Support Programme for people aged 65 and over will also be maintained by the WA Department of Communities.
Details can be found on the NDIS QSC website, if you wish to become a service provider in WA.
It is important to note that this delay only relates to the transition of regulatory oversight of NDIS support providers to the NDIS QSC i.e. registration and auditing requirements. This has no direct impact to the NDIS participants plan, funding, or the supply of AT.