NDS welcomes the current review of the ‘vulnerable people in emergencies’ policy but calls for greater recognition of the NDIS context.
NDS recommends that the policy focus on the risks individuals face rather than their vulnerability. Furthermore, there are issues with sharing client data, agency reporting and engagement of new providers within the funding and regulatory environment created by the NDIS.
NDS’s submission to the review of the ‘vulnerable people in emergencies’ policy (PDF | Word) focused on how the changing environment and transition of NDIS will impact on the current implementation and operation of the ‘vulnerable people in emergencies’ policy.We recognised that increased client choice and movement across providers challenges the ability for the Vulnerable Peoples Register (VPR) to maintain accurate client data. It is not clear what capacity the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will have to enforce reporting requirements of the current policy. Further, in the current NDIS pricing framework, providers will likely not have the capacity to take on additional unfunded activities without appropriate remuneration.NDS’s recommendations included: