The Northern Territory (NT) Quality and Safeguarding Framework was developed by the Northern Territory (NT) Government with the primary purpose of ensuring that quality and safeguarding requirements are met for providers registered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports in the NT.
The Framework and assessment process will be used during the NDIS transition period during June 2016 to June in 2019, as an opportunity to support providers to prepare and meet the full national NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework being implemented 2019. The NT Quality and Safeguarding Framework draws on the extensive consultation conducted by the Commonwealth on the national Framework, as well as targeted consultations with the disability sector and other key stakeholders in the NT during its development.
QIP has been awarded the provision of assessments under NT Quality and Safeguarding Framework for disability service providers by the Northern Territory Government. Our personalised support and practical resources make the assessment experience a positive and quality-focused one.
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The Framework is aligned with the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) and is consistent with the intent and approach of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework. The NT Quality and Safeguarding Framework has a strong emphasis on cultural safety, security and competency as well as remote service provision.
The NT Quality and Safeguarding Framework is designed to ensure:
- The right providers are delivering the right supports through the right support staff,
- Support services are delivered in an appropriate manner, that they reflect and respond to the needs and goals of the individual,
- People with disability have access to information and education to make informed decisions,
- Participants in receipt of support are safe from the risk of harm, abuse and neglect, and
- The protection and promotion of the rights of people with disability, and allow participants to take reasonable risks to achieve their goals.
The Framework and NDIS
The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment. All providers requesting to be registered with the NDIA to deliver NDIS supports in the NT must be accredited against the Framework. The NT Government will recommend to the NDIA if a provider should be registered to deliver NDIS supports based on the outcome of the assessment. To read more about each state’s NDIS requirement, please see the NDIS website.
How QIP supports organisations
Dedicated and personalised support
QIP Client Liaison team - QIP has a team of professionally trained Client Liaison Officers on hand to answer any questions clients may have about accreditation. With expert knowledge of the Standards, evidence requirements and the self-assessment process, QIP’s Client Liaison Officers are dedicated to providing clients with on-going support throughout their accreditation cycle.
QIP’s accreditation hub
The QIP accreditation hub is an online platform tailored to each client’s individual accreditation timelines and framework requirements. It includes a personalised action plan, a resource library and a number of other features to support clients throughout their accreditation journey.
Access to AccreditationPro
QIP’s online self-assessment software – ‘AccreditationPro’ streamlines accreditation preparation by helping clients determine their organisation’s compliance with an applicable set of Standards
Access to online resources and education
QbAY – QIP’s online resource and education library provides clients with access to a range of practical, informative and customisable resources to support organisations in complying with the relevant industry Standards
Regular news and e-newsletters
QIP publishes an electronic e-newsletter distributed exclusively to our clients. Each publication keeps our clients up-to-date with industry and organisational news, as well as helpful tips relating to accreditation and the Standards. Specific e-bulletins are distributed if urgent accreditation updates are released, advising of any changes to processes, systems, Standards or evidence requirements.
Highly trained assessment teams
QIP’s Assessors are highly trained and qualified peer assessors who work across the Australian health, community and human services sectors. Our team will share their knowledge and support organisations through the accreditation assessment.
Celebrating the achievement of accreditation
Achieving QIP accreditation takes dedication, team work and a commitment to continuous quality improvement. When organisations achieve their accredited, certificated or verified status, they are provided with their own 'Promotional Toolkit' filled with a number of materials to celebrate and promote this achievement. The QIP Accredited Symbol is one way consumers and local community can be reassured that an organisation has been recognised for their commitment to delivering a safe and quality-focused service.