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32      National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Participant Service Guarantee and Other Measures) Bill 2022

A message from the House of Representatives was reported transmitting for the concurrence of the Senate the following bill:

Message no. 562, dated 30 March 2022—A Bill for an Act to amend the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 , and for related purposes.

Limitation of debate : The time allotted for the consideration of the bill expired ( see entry no. 14 ).

The Minister for Families and Social Services (Senator Ruston) moved—That this bill be now read a first time.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a first time.

Explanatory memorandum : Senator Ruston tabled a revised explanatory memorandum relating to the bill.

The following amendments circulated by the Australian Greens on sheets 1494 revised, 1506 revised and 1530 revised were considered:

Sheet 1494 revised

(1)—Schedule 1 item 23, page 9 (lines 5 and 6), omit “ or CEO’s own initiative ”.

(2)—Schedule 1, item 23, page 10 (lines 22 to 24), omit subsection (2), substitute:

Variation on request of participant

   (2)  The CEO may vary the participant’s plan on request of the participant.

(3)—Schedule 1, item 23, page 11 (lines 21 to 25), omit subsection 47A(6), substitute:

   (6)  The National Disability Insurance Scheme rules may set out matters to which the CEO must have regard in doing a thing under subsection (4).

Sheet 1506 revised

(1)—Schedule 1, page 18 (after line 3), after item 44, insert:

44A  After subsection 100(6A)

Insert:

(6B)  The reviewer must give written notice of the reasons for the decision made under subsection (6).

(2)—Schedule 2, item 3, page 27 (line 11), omit “should”, substitute “must”.

(3)—Schedule 2, page 29 (after line 28), after item 17, insert:

17A  Subsection 24(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

   (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), an impairment or impairments that vary in intensity, are episodic, or are fluctuating may be taken to be permanent, and the person may be taken to be likely to require support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme for the person’s lifetime, despite the variation, episodic or fluctuating nature of the impairments.

(4)—Schedule 2, item 20, page 30 (lines 14 to 19), omit the item, substitute:

20  After subsection 25(1)

Insert:

(1A)  For the purposes of subparagraph (1)(a)(i), an impairment or impairments that vary in intensity, are episodic or are fluctuating may be taken to be permanent despite the variation, episodic or fluctuating nature of the impairments.

(1B)  For the purposes of subparagraph (1)(a)(ii), an impairment or impairments to which a psychosocial disability is attributable and that are episodic or fluctuating may be taken to be permanent despite the episodic or fluctuating nature of the impairments.

(5)—Schedule 2, item 33, page 33 (after line 21), after subsection (2), insert:

Rules and consultation

(2A)  The National Disability Insurance Scheme rules must include a definition of unreasonable risk that has been co-designed with participants.

(6)—Schedule 2, page 33 (after line 30), after item 34, insert:

34A  At the end of section 44

Add:

   (4)  Before making any rules under subsections (2A) or (3), the Minister must consult with participants.

(7)—Schedule 2, item 36, page 34 (after line 26), at the end of section 45, add:

Note:         This section does not prevent a participant from choosing to fund the payment of supports up-front from their own funds and claiming payment from the NDIS as a reimbursement. This section also does not prevent the use of unregistered providers by self-managed participants.

(8)—Schedule 2, item 47, page 36 (lines 18 to 23), omit the item, substitute:

47  Subsection 127(6)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Diversity of members

   (6)  In appointing the Board members, the Minister must ensure that:

                       (a)  at least 50% of Board members are a person with disability; and

                      (b)  at least 50% of Board members are women or gender diverse.

Sheet 1530 revised

(1)—Schedule 1, item 24, page 13 (after line 13), after subsection 48(5), insert:

Procedural fairness

(5A)  The National Disability Insurance Scheme rules must set out requirements relating to procedural fairness in relation to the reassessment of a participant’s plan on the CEO’s own initiative.

(5B)  Without limiting subsection (5), the National Disability Scheme rules must require the CEO to:

                       (a)  notify the participant of a decision of the CEO to conduct a reassessment of the participant’s plan on the CEO’s own initiative within a specified time period; and

                      (b)  provide reasons to the participant for a decision of the CEO to conduct a reassessment of a participant’s plan on the CEO’s own initiative; and

                       (c)  notify the participant of the matters in the participant’s plan that are subject to reassessment; and

                      (d)  notify the participant of opportunities for the participant to participate in the reassessment process.

(2)—Schedule 1, item 61, page 22 (cell at table item 3, third column, after paragraph (b)), insert:

 

 

(ba) subsection 48(5A);

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Cox

Lambie

Rice

Thorpe

Faruqi

McKim*

Steele-John

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

 

 

 

 

NOES, 29

Senators—

Abetz

Griff

McMahon

Ruston

Askew

Henderson

Mirabella

Scarr

Bragg

Hughes

O’Sullivan

Small

Brockman

Hume

Paterson

Smith, Dean

Chandler

McDonald

Patrick

Urquhart*

Davey

McGrath

Payne

Van

Fawcett

McLachlan

Reynolds

Wong

Gallagher

 

 

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Question—That the remaining stages of the bill be agreed to and the bill be now passed—put and passed.

Bill read a third time.