Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has submitted recommendations to the NDIS Provider and Worker Registration Taskforce, emphasising the need for a new registration system that prioritises choice, control, and safety for all NDIS participants.

While acknowledging concerns about the proposed reforms, WWDA believes the current system is failing to protect the rights of people with disabilities. The organisation proposes a co-designed approach, ensuring the voices and experiences of people with disabilities are central to the development of any new model.

WWDA highlights the importance of considering the diverse needs of participants, particularly those who are multiply marginalised. 

And outlines seven key principles that must guide the design of any new provider regulation model, including:

  1. Centring people with disabilities as experts in their own lives.
  2. Promoting and maintaining informal safeguards.
  3. Ensuring access to diverse providers, including smaller providers and sole traders.
  4. Upholding the right to access desired services and supports.
  5. Adopting an individual-based approach to risk assessment.
  6. Considering the diverse needs of all participants.
  7. Implementing a holistic, rights-based approach to quality and safety.

WWDA is committed to working constructively with the government to develop a registration system that upholds the rights of people with disabilities and ensures access to safe and effective supports and services.