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New bilateral agreements increase Commonwealth control over NDIS costs

As State and Territory governments finish their transition to the NDIS and enter Full Scheme, they are signing new bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth.
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New member webcasts on the Quality and Safeguarding Framework and NDIS Commission

NDS has produced a series of member only webcasts covering requirements and early insights of the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework.

ACT Government consulting on Office of the Senior Practitioner

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Following the submission of a report by JFA Purple Orange in June 2017, the ACT Government has now advised that it will be moving to legislate the role of a senior practitioner to both regulate and advise on the use of restrictive practices in the ACT. To meet requirements under the NDIS policy and safeguards arrangements, the legislation will be required to be passed and the office established by July this year. The Government has indicated that the relevant legislation will be introduced in May.The ACT Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) is proposed to provide leadership and oversight across a range of services where restrictive practices may be used. The goal is to avoid, reduce and eliminate those practices in favour of positive alternatives that preserve the individual person’s rights and freedoms. While having the longer term ambition of dealing with a wide range of settings, the initial focus of the ACT OSP is proposed to be services for people with disability.A consultation paper has been published on the Community Services Directorate website. Comments on the consultation paper can be provided by email to by 7 March 2018.Additionally, a forum will be held on 22 February 2018 to provide feedback on issues outlined in the consultation paper. Information about the forum, including how to register, is on the CSD website.NDS welcomes the opportunity to provide further comments on this, and commends the Government for preparing the consultation paper.

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