Great nations have great healthcare systems. With the help of programs such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS, an individual with either a permanent or temporary disability could get an extensive range of funding and community support to help disabled individuals live as independently as possible.
If you plan to be an NDIS provider, you must submit the relevant documents and follow the step-by-step process to become an eligible NDIS provider. The measures to become an NDIS provider include assessments and audits, and it is one of the most complex parts of the whole NDIS process. To know about the NDIS audit, keep reading.
What are NDIS audits?
NDIS audits are assessments of the NDIS providers. This assessment is a “test” mandated by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguards Commission to guarantee that the supports granted by such providers are partial and fair.
When you join the NDIS, you are given about 12 to 16 months to arrange and execute all the required plans and procedures demanded. Private organisations initiate all audits with close ties with the National Disability Insurance Agency or the NDIA.
Is the audit process compulsory?
Yes, the audit process is required. Not complying with NDIS audits would result in either deregistration from the NDIS or dissolution of business and client funding associated with your organisation.
Keeping a copy of the NDIS Practice Standards nearby all the time is crucial for you to fully understand and be reminded of how the quality safeguards connect to your organisation. Moreover, working with a quality-first mindset would ensure that all criteria are met daily.
How much do NDIS audits cost?
There are two types of NDIS audits, and these greatly depend on the support your organisation offers. First is the verification audits for low-risk supports, and second is the certification audits for high-risk supports.
It is better to contact your NDIS auditor of choice to inquire about the cost of such audits, as the fees are heavily based on your organisation’s size and structure. However, generally, you can expect the former to be cheaper than the latter.
How do you pass NDIS audits?
You cannot “pass” or “fail” an audit. However, such tests must be scheduled now and then either from an exclusive area or in-house to guarantee that your operations are running correctly.
Suppose you have difficulty reaching all the appropriate requirements, and your NDIS auditors notice this. In that case, you will get “non-conformity” warnings that have to be approached at a particular time based on the seriousness and urgency of the matter. These non-conformity warnings are based on the following factors below.
- Self-assessment performed in the NDIS portal
- Conclusions based on documentation presented by the provider
- Conformity with the NDIS Practice Standards
- Transparent classification of the registration classes
- Any supplementary terms and conditions for your specific case
In a nutshell, an NDIS audit is essential to have your organisation be assessed and deemed reputable. To become a competent NDIS provider, you must comply with all the rules and regulations, which includes getting an approved quality auditor who will help you understand the complexities of your organisation’s size and scale and work with you throughout the auditing process before they submit the findings to the NDIS Commission.