Policy Submission: NDIS Code of Conduct Discussion Paper
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a critical social welfare reform in Australia and presents a genuine opportunity for people living with disability to receive the support needed to deliver transformational benefits.
JFA Purple Orange acknowledges that the Australian Government is committed to supporting high quality and safe supports for people with disability. A new NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework has been developed to ensure the rights of people with disability are upheld and the services and supports provided through the NDIS are safe.
The NDIS Code of Conduct will be a central element of the Framework. It will encapsulate the rights of people with disability in the NDIS to have access to safe and ethical supports. The Code of Conduct will be overseen by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. The Commission will have powers to enforce action where providers or workers have engaged in unacceptable behaviours.
JFA Purple Orange raises three key issues in this submission. These are particularly relevant to the implementation of the NDIS Code of Conduct:
Key Issue 1
The rights of people with disability in the NDIS to have access to safe and ethical supports
Key Issue 2
The importance of service provider organisations as ethical organisations
Key Issue 3 –Informing NDIS participants about the Code of Conduct and the complaints process