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National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2013

2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2013

 

No.      , 2013

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Chapter 1—Introduction                                                                                        1

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

Part 2—Objects and principles                                                                                       4

3............ Objects of Act..................................................................................... 4

4............ General principles guiding actions under this Act............................... 6

5............ General principles guiding actions of people who may do acts or things on behalf of others   8

6............ Agency may provide support and assistance....................................... 8

7............ Provision of notice, approved form or information under this Act etc. 9

Part 3—Simplified outline                                                                                                10

8............ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 10

Part 4—Definitions                                                                                                               12

9............ Definitions........................................................................................ 12

10.......... Definition of host jurisdiction ........................................................... 18

11.......... Definitions relating to compensation................................................. 18

Part 5—Ministerial Council                                                                                            20

12.......... Ministerial Council functions etc....................................................... 20

Chapter 2—Assistance for people with disability and others               21

13.......... Agency may provide coordination, strategic and referral services etc. to people with disability               21

14.......... Agency may provide funding to persons or entities.......................... 21

15.......... Agency may provide information...................................................... 21

16.......... Agency may assist in relation to doing things under Chapter............ 22

17.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules...................................... 22

Chapter 3—Participants and their plans                                             23

Part 1A—Principles                                                                                                             23

17A....... Principles relating to the participation of people with disability......... 23

Part 1—Becoming a participant                                                                                   24

18.......... Person may make a request to become a participant.......................... 24

19.......... Matters relating to access requests.................................................... 24

20.......... CEO must consider and decide access requests................................ 25

21.......... When a person meets the access criteria............................................ 25

22.......... Age requirements.............................................................................. 26

23.......... Residence requirements..................................................................... 27

24.......... Disability requirements..................................................................... 28

25.......... Early intervention requirements......................................................... 28

26.......... Requests that the CEO may make..................................................... 30

27.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules relating to disability requirements and early intervention requirements.......................................................................................................... 31

28.......... When a person becomes a participant................................................ 32

29.......... When a person ceases to be a participant........................................... 32

30.......... Revocation of participant status......................................................... 33

Part 2—Participants’ plans                                                                                             34

Division 1—Principles relating to plans                                                             34

31.......... Principles relating to plans................................................................ 34

Division 2—Preparing participants’ plans                                                       35

32.......... CEO must facilitate preparation of participant’s plan........................ 35

32A....... Rules about preparation of plans....................................................... 35

33.......... Matters that must be included in a participant’s plan......................... 37

34.......... Reasonable and necessary supports.................................................. 39

35.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules for statement of participant supports    40

36.......... Information and reports for the purposes of preparing and approving a participant’s plan       41

37.......... When plan is in effect........................................................................ 42

38.......... Copy of plan to be provided.............................................................. 42

39.......... Agency must comply with the statement of participant supports....... 42

40.......... Effect of temporary absence on plans................................................ 42

41.......... Suspension of plans.......................................................................... 43

Division 3—Managing the funding for supports under participants’ plans          44

42.......... Meaning of managing the funding for supports under a participant’s plan              44

43.......... Choice for the participant in relation to plan management................. 44

44.......... Circumstances in which participant must not manage plan to specified extent          46

45.......... Payment of NDIS amounts............................................................... 46

46.......... Acquittal of NDIS amounts.............................................................. 47

Division 4—Reviewing and changing participants’ plans                        48

47.......... Participant may change participant’s statement of goals and aspirations at any time 48

48.......... Review of participant’s plan.............................................................. 48

49.......... Outcome of review............................................................................ 49

50.......... Information and reports for the purposes of reviewing a participant’s plan              49

Chapter 4—Administration                                                                               51

Part 1—General matters                                                                                                   51

Division 1—Participants and prospective participants                             51

51.......... Requirement to notify change of circumstances................................ 51

52.......... Requirements relating to notices........................................................ 51

53.......... Power to obtain information from participants and prospective participants to ensure the integrity of the National Disability Insurance Scheme............................................................. 51

54.......... Written notice of requirement............................................................ 52

Division 2—Other persons                                                                                        53

55.......... Power to obtain information from other persons to ensure the integrity of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.......................................................................................................... 53

56.......... Written notice of requirement............................................................ 54

57.......... Offence—refusal or failure to comply with requirement................... 54

Division 3—Interaction with other laws                                                            56

58.......... Obligations not affected by State or Territory laws........................... 56

59.......... Interaction with Commonwealth laws............................................... 56

Part 2—Privacy                                                                                                                      57

60.......... Protection of information held by the Agency etc............................. 57

61.......... Offence—unauthorised access to protected information................... 57

62.......... Offence—unauthorised use or disclosure of protected information.. 58

63.......... Offence—soliciting disclosure of protected information................... 58

64.......... Offence—offering to supply protected information.......................... 59

65.......... Protection of certain documents etc. from production to court etc..... 59

66.......... Disclosure of information by CEO................................................... 60

67.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules for exercise of CEO’s disclosure powers            61

68.......... Part does not affect the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982              61

Part 3—Registered providers of supports                                                             62

69.......... Application to be a registered provider of supports........................... 62

70.......... Registered providers of supports...................................................... 62

71.......... When a person or entity ceases to be a registered provider of supports 63

72.......... Revocation of approval as a registered provider of supports............. 63

73.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules for registered providers of supports    64

Part 4—Children                                                                                                                   66

74.......... Children............................................................................................ 66

75.......... Definition of parental responsibility ................................................. 67

76.......... Duty to children................................................................................ 68

77.......... Revocation of determinations under section 74................................. 69

Part 5—Nominees                                                                                                                 70

Division 1—Functions and responsibilities of nominees                            70

78.......... Actions of plan nominee on behalf of participant.............................. 70

79.......... Actions of correspondence nominee on behalf of participant............ 71

80.......... Duty of nominee to participant.......................................................... 71

81.......... Giving of notices to correspondence nominee................................... 72

82.......... Compliance by correspondence nominee.......................................... 73

83.......... Nominee to inform Agency of matters affecting ability to act as nominee                74

84.......... Statement by plan nominee regarding disposal of money.................. 75

85.......... Right of nominee to attend with participant....................................... 76

Division 2—Appointment and cancellation or suspension of appointment           77

86.......... Appointment of plan nominee........................................................... 77

87.......... Appointment of correspondence nominee......................................... 77

88.......... Provisions relating to appointments.................................................. 78

89.......... Circumstances in which the CEO must cancel appointment of nominees 78

90.......... General circumstances in which CEO may cancel or suspend appointment of nominees         79

91.......... Suspension etc. of appointment of nominees in cases of physical, mental or financial harm    80

92.......... Other matters relating to cancellation or suspension of appointment. 82

93.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules may prescribe requirements etc.           82

94.......... CEO’s powers of revocation............................................................. 82

Division 3—Other matters relating to nominees                                          83

95.......... CEO’s powers to give notices to participant..................................... 83

96.......... Notification of nominee where notice is given to participant............. 83

97.......... Protection of participant against liability for actions of nominee....... 83

98.......... Protection of nominee against criminal liability................................. 83

Part 6—Review of decisions                                                                                           84

99.......... Reviewable decisions........................................................................ 84

100........ Review of reviewable decisions........................................................ 85

101........ Variation of reviewable decision before review completed............... 86

102........ Withdrawal of request for review...................................................... 87

103........ Applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal........................ 87

Chapter 5—Compensation payments                                                     88

Part 1—Requirement to take action to obtain compensation                    88

104........ CEO may require person to take action to obtain compensation........ 88

105........ Consequences of failure to comply with a requirement to take action to obtain compensation 89

105A..... Matters relating to claims etc. by CEO.............................................. 90

105B..... Recovery of amounts relating to claims etc. by CEO........................ 91

Part 2—Agency may recover compensation fixed after NDIS amounts have been paid                92

106........ Recovering past NDIS amounts from certain judgements................. 92

107........ Recovering past NDIS amounts from consent judgements and settlements             93

108........ Debts resulting from section 106 or 107........................................... 94

Part 3—Recovery from compensation payers and insurers                       95

109........ CEO may send preliminary notice to potential compensation payer or insurer         95

110........ Offence—potential compensation payer or insurer........................... 96

111........ CEO may send recovery notice to compensation payer or insurer.... 96

112........ Preliminary notice or recovery notice suspends liability to pay compensation          98

113........ Compensation payer’s or insurer’s payment to Agency discharges liability to participant       98

114........ Offence—making compensation payment after receiving preliminary notice or recovery notice              99

115........ Liability to pay the Agency if there is a contravention of section 114 100

Part 4—CEO may disregard certain payments                                                101

116........ CEO may disregard certain payments............................................. 101

Chapter 6—National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency              102

Part 1—National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency           102

117........ Establishment.................................................................................. 102

118........ Functions of the Agency................................................................. 102

119........ Powers of the Agency..................................................................... 104

120........ Charging of fees.............................................................................. 104

121........ Minister may give directions to the Agency.................................... 104

122........ Agency does not have privileges and immunities of the Crown...... 105

Part 2—Board of the Agency                                                                                      106

Division 1—Establishment and functions                                                        106

123........ Establishment.................................................................................. 106

124........ Functions of the Board.................................................................... 106

125........ Minister may give the Board a statement setting out strategic guidance for the Agency           106

125A..... Functions to be performed having regard to actuarial analysis and advice                107

Division 2—Members of the Board                                                                   108

126........ Membership.................................................................................... 108

127........ Appointment of Board members..................................................... 108

128........ Term of appointment....................................................................... 109

129........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 109

130........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 111

131........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 111

132........ Outside employment....................................................................... 111

133........ Resignation of Board members....................................................... 112

134........ Termination of appointment of Board members.............................. 112

135........ Other terms and conditions of Board members............................... 113

Division 3—Meetings of the Board                                                                    114

136........ Convening meetings........................................................................ 114

137........ Presiding at meetings...................................................................... 114

138........ Quorum........................................................................................... 114

139........ Voting at meetings.......................................................................... 115

140........ Conduct of meetings....................................................................... 115

141........ Minutes........................................................................................... 115

142........ Decisions without meetings............................................................ 115

Part 3—Independent Advisory Council                                                                117

Division 1—Establishment and function                                                          117

143........ Establishment.................................................................................. 117

144........ Function of the Advisory Council................................................... 117

145........ Advice of the Advisory Council..................................................... 118

Division 2—Members of the Advisory Council                                           119

146........ Membership.................................................................................... 119

147........ Appointment of members of the Advisory Council........................ 119

148........ Term of appointment....................................................................... 120

149........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 121

150........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 121

151........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 122

152........ Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................. 122

153........ Disclosure of interests to the Advisory Council.............................. 122

154........ Resignation of members of the Advisory Council.......................... 123

155........ Termination of appointment of members of the Advisory Council. 123

156........ Other terms and conditions of members of the Advisory Council.. 125

Division 3—Procedures of the Advisory Council                                       126

157........ Procedures of the Advisory Council............................................... 126

Part 4—Chief Executive Officer and staff etc.                                                 127

Division 1—Chief Executive Officer                                                                 127

158........ Establishment.................................................................................. 127

159........ Functions of the CEO..................................................................... 127

160........ Appointment of the CEO................................................................ 127

161........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 128

162........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 128

163........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 129

164........ Outside employment....................................................................... 129

165........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 129

166........ Resignation of the CEO.................................................................. 129

167........ Termination of appointment of the CEO......................................... 129

168........ Other terms and conditions of the CEO.......................................... 130

Division 2—Staff etc.                                                                                                 131

169........ Staff................................................................................................ 131

170........ Services of other persons to be made available to the Agency........ 131

171........ Consultants..................................................................................... 131

171A..... Transitional provisions for staff of the Agency............................... 131

Part 5—Reporting and planning                                                                               132

Division 1—Reporting                                                                                               132

Subdivision A—Reporting by Board members                                               132

172........ Annual report.................................................................................. 132

173........ Giving certain information to the Ministerial Council..................... 133

174........ Quarterly report to the Ministerial Council...................................... 133

Subdivision B—Reporting by the Agency                                                         134

175........ Giving information requested by Commonwealth, State or Territory Ministers       134

Subdivision C—Reporting by the Minister                                                       135

176........ Giving certain information to the Ministerial Council..................... 135

Division 2—Planning                                                                                                  137

177........ Corporate plan................................................................................. 137

Part 6—Finance                                                                                                                   138

178........ Payments to the Agency by the Commonwealth............................. 138

179........ Payments to the Agency by the host jurisdictions........................... 138

180........ Application of money by the Agency.............................................. 138

Part 6A—Actuarial assessment of financial sustainability                        140

Division 1—Scheme actuary and annual financial sustainability report               140

180A..... Nomination of scheme actuary........................................................ 140

180B..... Duties of scheme actuary................................................................ 140

180C..... Rules for performance of scheme actuary’s duties.......................... 141

Division 2—Reviewing actuary                                                                            142

180D..... Nomination of reviewing actuary.................................................... 142

180E...... Duties of reviewing actuary............................................................ 143

Division 3—Assistance of scheme actuary and reviewing actuary 143

180F...... Agency to assist scheme actuary and reviewing actuary................. 143

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                      144

181........ Taxation.......................................................................................... 144

Chapter 7—Other matters                                                                                 145

Part 1—Debt recovery                                                                                                     145

Division 1—Debts                                                                                                        145

182........ Debts due to the Agency................................................................. 145

Division 2—Methods of recovery                                                                       146

183........ Legal proceedings........................................................................... 146

184........ Arrangement for payment of debt................................................... 146

185........ Recovery of amounts from financial institutions............................. 147

Division 3—Information relating to debts                                                     149

186........ Power to obtain information from a person who owes a debt to the Agency           149

187........ Power to obtain information about a person who owes a debt to the Agency          149

188........ Written notice of requirement.......................................................... 149

189........ Offence—refusal or failure to comply with requirement................. 150

Division 4—Non-recovery of debts                                                                    151

190........ CEO may write off debt.................................................................. 151

191........ Power to waive Agency’s right to recover debt.............................. 152

192........ Waiver of debt arising from error.................................................... 152

193........ Waiver of small debt....................................................................... 152

194........ Waiver in relation to settlements...................................................... 153

195........ Waiver in special circumstances...................................................... 154

Part 2—General matters                                                                                                 155

196........ Method of notification by CEO....................................................... 155

197........ CEO not required to make a decision.............................................. 155

198........ Protection of participant against liability for actions of persons...... 155

199........ Protection against criminal liability.................................................. 155

200........ Evidentiary effect of CEO’s certificate............................................ 156

200A..... Legal assistance for review not funded........................................... 156

201........ Delegation by the Minister.............................................................. 156

202........ Delegation by the CEO................................................................... 157

203........ Application of Act to unincorporated bodies................................... 157

204........ Time frames for decision making.................................................... 158

Part 3—Constitutional matters                                                                                   159

205........ Act binds Crown............................................................................. 159

206........ Alternative constitutional basis........................................................ 159

207........ Concurrent operation of State laws................................................. 160

Part 4—Review of the Act                                                                                             161

208........ Review of operation of Act............................................................. 161

Part 5—Legislative instruments                                                                                 162

209........ The National Disability Insurance Scheme rules............................. 162

210........ Regulations..................................................................................... 164

Schedule 1—Transitional provisions for staff of the Agency               166

1............ FaHCSIA agreement covers staff of the Agency............................ 166

2............ Instruments about transitional staffing matters................................ 167



A Bill for an Act to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Assistance for people with disability and others

   

   

13   Agency may provide coordination, strategic and referral services etc. to people with disability

             (1)  The Agency may provide general supports to, or in relation to, people with disability who are not participants.

Note:          Chapter 3 deals with the provision of general supports to, or in relation to, participants.

             (2)  In this Act:

general support means:

                     (a)  a service provided by the Agency to a person; or

                     (b)  an activity engaged in by the Agency in relation to a person;

that is in the nature of a coordination, strategic or referral service or activity, including a locally provided coordination, strategic or referral service or activity.

14   Agency may provide funding to persons or entities

                   The Agency may provide assistance in the form of funding for persons or entities:

                     (a)  for the purposes of enabling those persons or entities to assist people with disability to:

                              (i)  realise their potential for physical, social, emotional and intellectual development; and

                             (ii)  participate in social and economic life; and

                     (b)  otherwise in the performance of the Agency’s functions.

15   Agency may provide information

             (1)  The Agency may provide information about the following:

                     (a)  matters relevant to the National Disability Insurance Scheme;

                     (b)  the functions of the Agency.

             (2)  The Agency must use its best endeavours to provide timely and accurate information to people with disability and other people in order to assist them in making informed decisions about matters relevant to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

16   Agency may assist in relation to doing things under Chapter

                   The Agency may provide support and assistance to people in relation to doing things under, or for the purposes of, this Chapter.

17   National Disability Insurance Scheme rules

                   The National Disability Insurance Scheme rules may prescribe matters for and in relation to this Chapter.



 

Chapter 3 Participants and their plans

Chapter 4 Administration

Chapter 5 Compensation payments

Chapter 6 National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency

Chapter 7 Other matters

Schedule 1 Transitional provisions for staff of the Agency

Note:       See section 171A.

   

   

1   FaHCSIA agreement covers staff of the Agency

             (1)  The FaHCSIA agreement covers the Commonwealth, APS employees (except SES employees), the Community and Public Sector Union and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in relation to the APS employees’ employment in the Statutory Agency established by subsection 169(2).

Note:          For APS employee and SES employee , see section 2B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (2)  The FaHCSIA agreement has effect under subclause (1) as if:

                     (a)  it had been made by the CEO on behalf of the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  references in the agreement to the Secretary were references to the CEO; and

                     (c)  references in the agreement to the Department or FaHCSIA were references to the Statutory Agency established by subsection 169(2).

             (3)  For the purposes of the Fair Work Act 2009 , the FaHCSIA agreement as it has effect under this clause is taken to be an enterprise agreement separate from the FaHCSIA agreement as it has effect apart from this clause.

             (4)  Guidelines and policies relating to employment conditions, administrative process and other employment-related matters that had effect for the purposes of the FaHCSIA agreement immediately before the commencement of this clause also have effect for the purposes of that agreement as it has effect under this clause.

             (5)  Guidelines and policies have effect under subclause (4) as if:

                     (a)  references in them to the Secretary were references to the CEO; and

                     (b)  references in them to the Department or FaHCSIA were references to the Statutory Agency established by subsection 169(2).

             (6)  Subclause (4) does not prevent the alteration or revocation of the guidelines and policies, as they have effect under that subclause, by the CEO or a delegate of the CEO.

End of coverage by FaHCSIA agreement

             (7)  The FaHCSIA agreement ceases to cover the Commonwealth, APS employees, the Community and Public Sector Union and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance under subclause (1) on the coming into operation of another enterprise agreement that:

                     (a)  is made by the CEO on behalf of the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  covers the Commonwealth and the APS employees (or the APS employees except SES employees) employed in the Statutory Agency established by subsection 169(2).

             (8)  Subclause (7) has effect subject to section 58 of the Fair Work Act 2009 .

2   Instruments about transitional staffing matters

                   The Minister may, by legislative instrument, provide for matters of a transitional nature in relation to the staff of the Agency.

 

(230/12)