The Tasmanian Government's Disability Services Regulations 2015 (the new regulations) commenced 27 April 2015.
The new regulations apply to all Department of Health and Human Services-funded providers regarding the design, administration and provision of specialist disability services.
The regulations were enacted as part of a national process to adopt the National Standards for Disability Services (the National Standards). The regulations have aligned the State with national key practice and quality indicators.
Extensive consultation in developing the National Standards included input from people with disabilities, family and carers, service providers and advocates over a number of years.
You can view the new regulations at http://www.thelaw.tas.gov.au/
What is in the new regulations for providers and individuals?
Tasmania's new regulations represent a transitional reform required for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) implementation.
They have a greater focus on human rights, person-centred approaches, and promoting choice and control on the services accessed by people with disability. Like the National Standards, the new regulations address the six areas of:
- participation and inclusion
- individual outcomes
- feedback and Complaints
- service access, and
- service management.
For people who access specialist disability services this means assuredness that the commitments Tasmania made when it became signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities are enshrined in law and become part of the funding and regulatory requirements for specialist disability service providers and grant recipients.
Specialist Disability Service Providers which were meeting the previous standards requirements should have few issues transitioning to the new regulations. The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) has developed a document to assist service providers' match existing policies and practices to the new National Standards, and thus the new regulations. This mapping document is available on the DSS site along with other resources as tabled below. The National Standards are online at the DSS site
National Standards for Disability Services Supporting resource
NSDS – Easy English version
National Standards for Disability Services – Easy English version
NSDS – Stories
Short examples of what each Standard could look like in practice
NSDS – Evidence Guide
A guide to support providers and staff understand and apply the Standards to service delivery
NSDS – Conversation Tool
Guide for workers with direct client contact to consider how best to promote and engage people in conversations about the standards
NSDS – Mapping Tables
To assist service providers align the former standard requirements to the new National Standards
NSDS – consumer Quality Assurance auditing information
NSDS – Easy English Posters
Posters for display in workplaces.
NSDS – Self Assessment Worksheets
For service providers to assess their compliance with the National Standards. The template lists each standard and an indicator of practice, with space for providers to include examples of evidence to support compliance, and any improvement actions to be taken.
NSDS – Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to the FAQ's your can email questions about the National Standards to the DSS.
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