The Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Qld) (DSLA Bill), a Government Bill to amend, chiefly, the Disability Services Act 2006 (Qld) (DSA), arises from a state-wide legislative review in anticipation of full NDIS roll-out, and commencement of operation of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission in Queensland, by 1 July 2019.
QAI supports the need for the DSLA Bill, to reflect the changing roles and responsibilities of relevant parties with the full rollout of the NDIS. Below, we outline our response to particular proposed reforms.
- Worker screening: QAI agrees with the continuation of the current safeguards for worker screening under the yellow and blue card systems. We support expansion of the exclusion of persons qualified to hold a yellow card as proposed.
- Restrictive Practices: QAI advocates for the development of a nationally consistent framework for Restrictive Practices, rather than state-specific regimes, which must be driven by a focus on eliminating the use of Restrictive Practices.
- Coronial jurisdiction amendments: QAI does not support narrowing the definition in which a death is considered ‘death in care’. In particular, we consider it important that the scope of the coronial jurisdiction continues to cover deaths in aged care facilities, where there is already insufficient investigation.
- Community Visitation Program: QAI does not support the narrowing of the definition of visitable sites for the Community Visitor Program for adults to a place where an NDIS participant lives and receives a particular class of (very high level) supports from a registered NDIS provider.