An emergency and disaster management framework template for small- and medium-sized NDIS Providers.
In October and November 2021, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Rules 2018 were amended and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Quality Indicators for NDIS Practice Standards) Guidelines 2018 were compiled to create additional NDIS practice standards (the Rules). One of the key new requirements was a new practice standard for emergency and disaster management. Among other things, this new standard requires NDIS providers to prepare, prevent, manage and respond to emergency and disaster situations whilst mitigating the risks to and ensuring the continuity of supports that are critical to the health, safety and wellbeing of NDIS participants.
In this 16-page resource, we provide a template framework designed to help small- and medium-sized NDIS providers to think through and develop emergency and disaster plans and management issues, and to assist providers to demonstrate compliance with the new practice standard.
**Important Note: This resource was developed in response to the Rules, which requires NDIS providers to have a general framework and plans dealing with a range of emergencies and disasters. It is not intended to be a COVID-19 specific framework as the Rules require a framework for dealing with responses to all types of emergencies that can disrupt businesses (such as floods, fires, acts of terror, environmental incidents and pandemics).