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National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2013

2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)

 

 

 

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............................... 5

5............ General principles guiding actions of people who may do acts or things on behalf of others   6

6............ Agency may provide support and assistance....................................... 7

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

Part 3—Simplified outline                                                                                                  8

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

Part 4—Definitions                                                                                                               10

9............ Definitions........................................................................................ 10

10.......... Definition of host jurisdiction ........................................................... 16

11.......... Definitions relating to compensation................................................. 16

Part 5—Ministerial Council                                                                                            18

12.......... Ministerial Council functions etc....................................................... 18

Chapter 2—Assistance for people with disability and others               19

13.......... Agency may provide coordination, strategic and referral services etc. to people with disability               19

14.......... Agency may provide funding to persons or entities.......................... 19

15.......... Agency may provide information...................................................... 19

16.......... Agency may assist in relation to doing things under Chapter............ 20

17.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules...................................... 20

Chapter 3—Participants and their plans                                             21

Part 1—Becoming a participant                                                                                   21

18.......... Person may make a request to become a participant.......................... 21

19.......... Matters relating to access requests.................................................... 21

20.......... CEO must consider and decide access requests................................ 22

21.......... When a person meets the access criteria............................................ 22

22.......... Age requirements.............................................................................. 23

23.......... Residence requirements..................................................................... 24

24.......... Disability requirements..................................................................... 25

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

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

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

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

29.......... When a person ceases to be a participant........................................... 28

30.......... Revocation of participant status......................................................... 29

Part 2—Participants’ plans                                                                                             30

Division 1—Principles relating to plans                                                             30

31.......... Principles relating to plans................................................................ 30

Division 2—Preparing participants’ plans                                                       31

32.......... CEO must facilitate preparation of participant’s plan........................ 31

33.......... Matters that must be included in a participant’s plan......................... 31

34.......... Reasonable and necessary supports.................................................. 33

35.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules for statement of participant supports    34

36.......... Information and reports for the purposes of preparing and approving a participant’s plan       35

37.......... When plan is in effect........................................................................ 36

38.......... Copy of plan to be provided.............................................................. 36

39.......... Agency must comply with the statement of participant supports....... 36

40.......... Effect of temporary absence on plans................................................ 36

41.......... Suspension of plans.......................................................................... 37

Division 3—Managing the funding for supports under participants’ plans          38

42.......... Meaning of managing the funding for supports under a participant’s plan              38

43.......... Choice for the participant in relation to plan management................. 38

44.......... Circumstances in which participant must not manage plan to specified extent          40

45.......... Payment of NDIS amounts............................................................... 40

46.......... Acquittal of NDIS amounts.............................................................. 41

Division 4—Reviewing and changing participants’ plans                        42

47.......... Participant may change participant’s statement of goals and aspirations at any time 42

48.......... Review of participant’s plan.............................................................. 42

49.......... Outcome of review............................................................................ 43

50.......... Information and reports for the purposes of reviewing a participant’s plan              43

Chapter 4—Administration                                                                               45

Part 1—General matters                                                                                                   45

Division 1—Participants and prospective participants                             45

51.......... Requirement to notify change of circumstances................................ 45

52.......... Requirements relating to notices........................................................ 45

53.......... Power to obtain information from participants and prospective participants to ensure the integrity of the National Disability Insurance Scheme............................................................. 45

54.......... Written notice of requirement............................................................ 46

Division 2—Other persons                                                                                        47

55.......... Power to obtain information from other persons to ensure the integrity of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.......................................................................................................... 47

56.......... Written notice of requirement............................................................ 48

57.......... Offence—refusal or failure to comply with requirement................... 48

Division 3—Interaction with other laws                                                            49

58.......... Obligations not affected by State or Territory laws........................... 49

59.......... Interaction with Commonwealth laws............................................... 49

Part 2—Privacy                                                                                                                      50

60.......... Protection of information held by the Agency etc............................. 50

61.......... Offence—unauthorised access to protected information................... 50

62.......... Offence—unauthorised use or disclosure of protected information.. 51

63.......... Offence—soliciting disclosure of protected information................... 51

64.......... Offence—offering to supply protected information.......................... 52

65.......... Protection of certain documents etc. from production to court etc..... 52

66.......... Disclosure of information by CEO................................................... 53

67.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules for exercise of CEO’s disclosure powers            54

68.......... Part does not affect the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982              54

Part 3—Registered providers of supports                                                             55

69.......... Application to be a registered provider of supports........................... 55

70.......... Registered providers of supports...................................................... 55

71.......... When a person or entity ceases to be a registered provider of supports 56

72.......... Revocation of approval as a registered provider of supports............. 56

73.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules for registered providers of supports    57

Part 4—Children                                                                                                                   59

74.......... Children............................................................................................ 59

75.......... Definition of parental responsibility ................................................. 60

76.......... Duty to children................................................................................ 61

77.......... Revocation of determinations under section 74................................. 62

Part 5—Nominees                                                                                                                 63

Division 1—Functions and responsibilities of nominees                            63

78.......... Actions of plan nominee on behalf of participant.............................. 63

79.......... Actions of correspondence nominee on behalf of participant............ 64

80.......... Duty of nominee to participant.......................................................... 64

81.......... Giving of notices to correspondence nominee................................... 65

82.......... Compliance by correspondence nominee.......................................... 66

83.......... Nominee to inform Agency of matters affecting ability to act as nominee                67

84.......... Statement by plan nominee regarding disposal of money.................. 68

85.......... Right of nominee to attend with participant....................................... 69

Division 2—Appointment and cancellation or suspension of appointment           70

86.......... Appointment of plan nominee........................................................... 70

87.......... Appointment of correspondence nominee......................................... 70

88.......... Provisions relating to appointments.................................................. 70

89.......... Circumstances in which the CEO must cancel appointment of nominees 71

90.......... General circumstances in which CEO may cancel or suspend appointment of nominees         72

91.......... Suspension etc. of appointment of nominees in cases of severe physical, mental or financial harm         73

92.......... Other matters relating to cancellation or suspension of appointment. 74

93.......... National Disability Insurance Scheme rules may prescribe requirements etc.           75

94.......... CEO’s powers of revocation............................................................. 75

Division 3—Other matters relating to nominees                                          76

95.......... CEO’s powers to give notices to participant..................................... 76

96.......... Notification of nominee where notice is given to participant............. 76

97.......... Protection of participant against liability for actions of nominee....... 76

98.......... Protection of nominee against criminal liability................................. 76

Part 6—Review of decisions                                                                                           77

99.......... Reviewable decisions........................................................................ 77

100........ Review of reviewable decisions........................................................ 78

101........ Variation of reviewable decision before review completed............... 79

102........ Withdrawal of request for review...................................................... 80

103........ Applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal........................ 80

Chapter 5—Compensation payments                                                     81

Part 1—Requirement to take action to obtain compensation                    81

104........ CEO may require person to take action to obtain compensation........ 81

105........ Consequences of failure to comply with a requirement to take action to obtain compensation 82

Part 2—Agency may recover compensation fixed after NDIS amounts have been paid                83

106........ Recovering past NDIS amounts from certain judgements................. 83

107........ Recovering past NDIS amounts from consent judgements and settlements             84

108........ Debts resulting from section 106 or 107........................................... 85

Part 3—Recovery from compensation payers and insurers                       86

109........ CEO may send preliminary notice to potential compensation payer or insurer         86

110........ Offence—potential compensation payer or insurer........................... 87

111........ CEO may send recovery notice to compensation payer or insurer.... 87

112........ Preliminary notice or recovery notice suspends liability to pay compensation          89

113........ Compensation payer’s or insurer’s payment to Agency discharges liability to participant       89

114........ Offence—making compensation payment after receiving preliminary notice or recovery notice              90

115........ Liability to pay the Agency if there is a contravention of section 114 91

Part 4—CEO may disregard certain payments                                                  92

116........ CEO may disregard certain payments............................................... 92

Chapter 6—National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency              93

Part 1—National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency           93

117........ Establishment.................................................................................... 93

118........ Functions of the Agency................................................................... 93

119........ Powers of the Agency....................................................................... 94

120........ Charging of fees................................................................................ 94

121........ Minister may give directions to the Agency...................................... 95

122........ Agency does not have privileges and immunities of the Crown........ 96

Part 2—Board of the Agency                                                                                        97

Division 1—Establishment and functions                                                          97

123........ Establishment.................................................................................... 97

124........ Functions of the Board...................................................................... 97

125........ Minister may give the Board a statement setting out strategic guidance for the Agency           97

Division 2—Members of the Board                                                                     99

126........ Membership...................................................................................... 99

127........ Appointment of Board members....................................................... 99

128........ Term of appointment....................................................................... 100

129........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 100

130........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 102

131........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 102

132........ Outside employment....................................................................... 102

133........ Resignation of Board members....................................................... 103

134........ Termination of appointment of Board members.............................. 103

135........ Other terms and conditions of Board members............................... 104

Division 3—Meetings of the Board                                                                    105

136........ Convening meetings........................................................................ 105

137........ Presiding at meetings...................................................................... 105

138........ Quorum........................................................................................... 105

139........ Voting at meetings.......................................................................... 106

140........ Conduct of meetings....................................................................... 106

141........ Minutes........................................................................................... 106

142........ Decisions without meetings............................................................ 106

Part 3—Independent Advisory Council                                                                108

Division 1—Establishment and function                                                          108

143........ Establishment.................................................................................. 108

144........ Function of the Advisory Council................................................... 108

145........ Advice of the Advisory Council..................................................... 109

Division 2—Members of the Advisory Council                                           110

146........ Membership.................................................................................... 110

147........ Appointment of members of the Advisory Council........................ 110

148........ Term of appointment....................................................................... 111

149........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 111

150........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 112

151........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 113

152........ Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................. 113

153........ Disclosure of interests to the Advisory Council.............................. 113

154........ Resignation of members of the Advisory Council.......................... 114

155........ Termination of appointment of members of the Advisory Council. 114

156........ Other terms and conditions of members of the Advisory Council.. 115

Division 3—Procedures of the Advisory Council                                       116

157........ Procedures of the Advisory Council............................................... 116

Part 4—Chief Executive Officer and staff etc.                                                 117

Division 1—Chief Executive Officer                                                                 117

158........ Establishment.................................................................................. 117

159........ Functions of the CEO..................................................................... 117

160........ Appointment of the CEO................................................................ 117

161........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 118

162........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 118

163........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 118

164........ Outside employment....................................................................... 119

165........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 119

166........ Resignation of the CEO.................................................................. 119

167........ Termination of appointment of the CEO......................................... 119

168........ Other terms and conditions of the CEO.......................................... 120

Division 2—Staff etc.                                                                                                 121

169........ Staff................................................................................................ 121

170........ Services of other persons to be made available to the Agency........ 121

171........ Consultants..................................................................................... 121

Part 5—Reporting and planning                                                                               122

Division 1—Reporting                                                                                               122

Subdivision A—Reporting by Board members                                               122

172........ Annual report.................................................................................. 122

173........ Giving certain information to the Ministerial Council..................... 123

174........ Quarterly report to the Ministerial Council...................................... 124

Subdivision B—Reporting by the Agency                                                         125

175........ Giving information requested by Commonwealth, State or Territory Ministers       125

Subdivision C—Reporting by the Minister                                                       125

176........ Giving certain information to the Ministerial Council..................... 125

Division 2—Planning                                                                                                  127

177........ Corporate plan................................................................................. 127

Part 6—Finance                                                                                                                   128

178........ Payments to the Agency by the Commonwealth............................. 128

179........ Payments to the Agency by the host jurisdictions........................... 128

180........ Application of money by the Agency.............................................. 128

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                      130

181........ Taxation.......................................................................................... 130

Chapter 7—Other matters                                                                                 131

Part 1—Debt recovery                                                                                                     131

Division 1—Debts                                                                                                        131

182........ Debts due to the Agency................................................................. 131

Division 2—Methods of recovery                                                                       132

183........ Legal proceedings........................................................................... 132

184........ Arrangement for payment of debt................................................... 132

185........ Recovery of amounts from financial institutions............................. 133

Division 3—Information relating to debts                                                     135

186........ Power to obtain information from a person who owes a debt to the Agency           135

187........ Power to obtain information about a person who owes a debt to the Agency          135

188........ Written notice of requirement.......................................................... 135

189........ Offence—refusal or failure to comply with requirement................. 136

Division 4—Non-recovery of debts                                                                    137

190........ CEO may write off debt.................................................................. 137

191........ Power to waive Agency’s right to recover debt.............................. 138

192........ Waiver of debt arising from error.................................................... 138

193........ Waiver of small debt....................................................................... 138

194........ Waiver in relation to settlements...................................................... 139

195........ Waiver in special circumstances...................................................... 140

Part 2—General matters                                                                                                 141

196........ Method of notification by CEO....................................................... 141

197........ CEO not required to make a decision.............................................. 141

198........ Protection of participant against liability for actions of persons...... 141

199........ Protection against criminal liability.................................................. 141

200........ Evidentiary effect of CEO’s certificate............................................ 142

201........ Delegation by the Minister.............................................................. 142

202........ Delegation by the CEO................................................................... 142

203........ Application of Act to unincorporated bodies................................... 143

204........ Time frames for decision making.................................................... 144

Part 3—Constitutional matters                                                                                   145

205........ Act binds Crown............................................................................. 145

206........ Alternative constitutional basis........................................................ 145

207........ Concurrent operation of State laws................................................. 146

Part 4—Review of the Act                                                                                             147

208........ Review of operation of Act............................................................. 147

Part 5—Legislative instruments                                                                                 148

209........ The National Disability Insurance Scheme rules............................. 148

210........ Regulations..................................................................................... 150



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