In January 2017, Audiology Australia made this submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS's Inquiry into the provision of hearing services under the NDIS. In this submission we have included this table which summarises which audiological services can be provided under the NDIS and who they can be provided by:
Update on which of our members can provide hearing services to NDIS participants- click here to read the article published in the August 2016 enews
Did you miss the NDIS Round Table at the Conference? Read the key FAQ answers here in issue 64 of Audiology Now
The OHS contributed to a round table exploring the transition of Hearing Services Program clients to the NDIS at Audiology Australia's National Conference 2016
In February 2016, the Hearing Services Program NDIS Transition Plan was released. It is “a high level transition plan for the Department of Health and partner agencies responsible for supporting the transition of eligible hearing service clients to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)”.
The Office of Hearing Services has provided an update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and interactions with the Hearing Services Program (the program).
On the 3 February 2017, the Department of Social Services (DSS) released to the public the comprehensive NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework (9 Dec 2016). In this factsheet for providers about the Framework, it says that registered providers whose registration group is deemed to be lower risk will only undergo a simple, periodic verification process. In discussions with NDIA representatives Audiology Australia has been told that it will most likely fall into this 'low risk' group. Audiology Australia is referenced in the Framework under the "Mutual Recognition" subheading on p.86 which refers to recognition of professions in Schedule 1 of the Health Insurance (Allied Health Services) Determination 2014 (which includes the holders of an Audiology Australia CCP).
The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework therefore confirms that, following full rollout of the scheme in mid-2019, a Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP) from Audiology Australia will likely be recognised by the NDIA as sufficient evidence of clinical competence in the field of audiology. This will ensure that CCP holders will have the easiest and fastest possible process for registration as an NDIS provider.
In this statement from the COAG Disability Reform Council on 3 February 2017, Disability Ministers from the Commonwealth, States and Territories said the Safety and Quality Framework will support the NDIS at full scheme. They state that all governments are committed to ensuring appropriate safeguards are in place and that NDIS participants will be supported to choose high quality services.
The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework is informed by previous public consultations. Commonwealth, State and Territory disability ministers have released this report which summarises the outcomes of public consultations on quality and safeguarding in the NDIS in early 2015.