Service providers need to register with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to become a registered provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
To register, providers must submit an application to the NDIA via its website. A part of the registration process will be agreeing to comply with the NSW Quality and Safeguards Transitional Working Arrangements.
Existing disability service providers
Providers operating under an existing funding arrangement with the NSW or Commonwealth Government will be automatically recognised by the NDIA as complying with the Quality and Safeguards Transitional Working Arrangements for the same disability supports as they are currently funded to provide.
Existing funded providers that want to provide services outside what is specified in their funded service level agreement will need to apply to the NDIA separately for registration to provide the additional types of support. This will likely require providing a statement of commitment, which is as an assurance by an organisation that they will include any new specialist disability support/s in the scope of the next scheduled third party verification audit if it is due before 30 June 2018. More information on arrangements for existing NSW service providers who wish to expand service provision is set out in the working arrangements.
New service providers
New providers that want to register to provide specialist disability supports in NSW will need to provide evidence to prove that they have current independent third party verification and that they comply with the standards set out in the Quality and Safeguards Transitional Working Arrangements. This may include a copy of a verification statement or similar.
The ADHC Systems Recognition Tool may assist providers to understand the extent that their existing accreditations and systems meet these requirements.