unregistered disabled carers a real risk

While it is important to give NDIS participants the opportunity to have a say in who works for them, this can be dangerous without proper checks and balances.

(Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The authority that oversees the The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has no idea how many of the workers it pays to provide services are unregistered.

These workers, either employed by a company or self-employed, can provide services ranging from landscaping to personal hygiene and are selected by NDIS participants. They are governed only by a “code of conduct” which includes just seven points to respect privacy, prevent and respond to sexual misconduct and provide quality care.

“There are more checks and balances in buying a beer than there are in the regulations of unregistered NDIS services,” Labor Senator Tony Sheldon said yesterday at a Senate committee hearing and bars must take to serve alcohol, as opposed to the lack of Certificates that disabled workers must have.

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