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29/10/2019
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New SDA Design Standard released

New SDA Design Standard guidelines released, along with the SDA Innovation Plan and Limited Cost Assumptions Review; and the SDA Price Guide has been updated
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25/10/2019
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Guidance Note released on eligibility for the Portable Long Service Scheme

The Portable Long Service Authority released a Guidance Note for employers registered in the community services sector under the Portable Long Service Scheme.
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18/10/2019
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NDS Submission to the NSW Disability Advocacy Review

The Ageing and Disability Commission review into NSW Disability Advocacy will close today, 18 October 2019. NDS's submission calls for ongoing State funding.

Preparing for the Portable Long Service Scheme in Victoria

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30/08/2019

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  • NDS members are being encouraged to check with the Portable Long Service Authority whether they need to register now, or from 1 January 2020.
  • NDS is hosting an information session and Q&A with the Authority on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 at the NDS Offices in Parkville.
  • The Authority is running a series of free ‘Pop-Up’ Information Sessions around metropolitan and regional Victoria from August through to October 2019.
  • As organisations undertake analysis of the financial impact of the initiative on their operations, we are keen to receive information to support our advocacy.

NDS members and providers of NDIS services in Victoria are commencing preparations for the introduction of the Portable Long Service Scheme (PLSS). The PLSS commenced on 1 July 2019 for community services employers, with NDIS-funded activities excluded until 1 January 2020, when the regulations will bring them back in. Employers covered under the PLSS from 1 July 2019 will need to register before 30 September 2019.

Employers are being encouraged to check with the Portable Long Service Authority (the Authority) whether they need to register now, or from 1 January 2020. The Authority can guide members through this process.

NDS has been hearing concerns from the sector about the complexity involved in understanding and implementing the PLSS. In response to these concerns, NDS is hosting an information session and Q&A with the Authority on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 at the NDS Offices in Parkville, from 2:00pm until 4:30pm. This session will be specifically tailored to disability services and NDIS-funded activities. Register for this workshop here.

The Authority is running a series of free ‘Pop-Up’ Information Sessions around metropolitan and regional Victoria from August through to October 2019. A list of dates, locations and registration to these events is available via the Portable Long Service Authority website.

NDS encourages Victorian members and providers to attend one of the Pop-Up Authority information sessions in their area, to check the Authority’s website, or to attend our forthcoming session specifically for disability providers.

NDS recommends that providers register for the PLSS in advance, to allow time for finance teams to test the different implementation within their management systems that will be required to account for the two co-existing systems; the PLSS and existing industrial obligations. The Authority is willing to offer site visits to larger organisations to assist them with this process.

NDS continues to be concerned about the impost on service providers, the impact on cash flow and the administrative complexity of the Scheme, and will be monitoring this closely and advising members of further developments as they come to hand.

As organisations undertake analysis of the financial impact of this new initiative on their operations, we are keen to receive any information to support our advocacy work.

NDS recommends providers refer to the Act and Regulations for detail.

Contact information
Anthea Gellie, Policy and Project Officer, 03 8341 4330,