With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) heading towards full roll out, our federal and state governments are starting to consult on how to build safeguarding measures for people with disability across this new landscape of support. As someone who is deeply committed to building better services for people with disability and their families, I’m excited that Hireup is taking part in this process. Starting with some work we’ve been doing in Victoria recently.
On Friday last week, we made a submission to the Victorian Government in response to its call for feedback on a proposed registration and accreditation scheme for the Victorian disability support workforce. The Government says it will be introducing the scheme to keep people safe, and to ensure the workforce is up to scratch. One way they’re proposing to do this is by requiring all disability support workers to be registered and accredited with a centralised government agency.
The Government’s consultation was open for a period of three weeks and closed on Friday last week, but in the time available we were able to consult with a number of our users, and to build on the insights we’ve been collecting over the last three years, in order to put a submission together. For us, this is a really important step in working together with the Government towards building effective regulations and policies for our community.
In our submission, and based on the feedback we’ve heard from our users, we stressed the importance of balancing the need for regulation with the right of people with disability to exercise full choice and control in their own lives. While we understand the need to build system-wide safeguards, this has to be done in a way that doesn’t encroach on people’s personal choice and control, as a key concept lying at the very heart of the entire NDIS reforms. We articulated this viewpoint in the executive summary of our submission, which is available for everyone to read.
While we’re very proud to be able to represent our community in this way, we also realise that this is just the beginning of our consultation journey with national and state governments and sector regulators. We are committed to representing the views of our community on the matters that affect them and are looking forward to continuing to engage with you as these discussions progress. For now, we’ll keep an eye on the updates regarding regulation and safeguarding proposals and we’ll be sure to share any updates over the coming months, so stay tuned for that.
If you’d like to chat with us about any of this or are keen to see a copy of our submission in full, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via [email protected].
I look forward to hearing from you.