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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9278

Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital TerritoryAssistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs) (18:37): I acknowledge Senator Siewert's general support through her proposed inclusion of the code into the act. The government doesn't support the amendment for the following reasons. Incorporating the code of conduct into the act will limit the flexibility of the commissioner to shape the code. The NDIS market is, and will continue to be, rapidly evolving as new models of disability support emerge. The regulator will need to be responsive to these changes in the market and community and stakeholder views. The proposed amendment to the code of conduct also seeks to expand the coverage of the code outside of the NDIS to all of those engaged in providing support and services to people with disability. This goes well beyond the scope of the NDIS quality and safeguarding framework agreed by COAG and could extend the application of the code to persons in mainstream services, so we won't be supporting the amendment.