Volunteering Australia responds to National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Volunteering Australia have provided a response on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

The Bill was introduced by the Government to protect and prevent people with disability from experience poor quality, or unsafe supports or services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Volunteering Australia’s submission specifically looks at the Bill and its relation to volunteer involvement. In particular:

  • the expectations of both providers and workers (volunteers);
  • the costs involved in engaging volunteers safely in the NDIS;
  • the role volunteers can play in supporting people with disability to respond to violence, abuse and neglect;
  • the social capital derived from volunteer engagement;
  • the need to ensure adequate representation of the voice of volunteering in quality and safeguarding structures;
  • compliance with statutory rules and regulations; and
  • how the NDIS Code of Conduct should apply to volunteers

Volunteering Australia hopes the Committee considers our recommendations in relation to volunteer engagement, and that there is a greater consideration of the contributions of the volunteer workforce.

Read Volunteering Australia’s Response on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017 here.