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NDIS Certification Audits
You can become a registered NDIS provider by completing a certification audit with an Approved Quality Auditor (AQA) such as HDAA.
A certification audit takes place in two stages:
- Stage 1 involves a review of your business’s key policy and process documents to determine your readiness for the next stage. This is a great opportunity to have an auditor help identify gaps in your documents that you may not have realised existed.
- Stage 2 is when an audit team meets with you and your team (this could be remotely!), usually over at least a day, to explore how well you and your business are meeting the NDIS Practice Standards and what steps, if any, you need to take to ensure you meet these standards.
Benefits of becoming a registered NDIS provider
Unregistered providers can only provide NDIS services to participants that are self-managed or plan-managed. Agency-managed participants (where the NDIA manages a participant’s funding), make up over a quarter of the total number of NDIS participants and can only receive services from registered providers. Some service types, such as Behaviour Support Planning and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), can only be delivered by registered providers.
With 484,700 total NDIS participants in Australia as of September 2021, becoming a registered provider opens your services to more than 126,000 new clients that otherwise couldn’t engage your business!
Many participants and plan managers also consider registered providers to be safer and of a higher quality, as these providers are required to meet a strict set of standards before becoming registered and are regulated on an ongoing basis by the NDIS Commission.
Completing a certification audit and becoming a registered provider will help make your business a highly desirable option in today’s competitive market.
The Certification audit process
- Submit your application to be a new provider, or to renew your registration, at the NDIS Commission’s website to receive your ‘Initial Scope of Audit’ (ISoA).
- Send your Initial Scope of Audit to AQAs e.g. HDAA to receive a quote or proposal for your Certification audit. While Certification audit costs can vary depending on the AQA, you should also ask any prospective AQA:
- What is included in the price and are there any extra costs (e.g., auditor travel)?
- How long will you take to complete my audit?
- How much support will you provide?
- Do your auditors have backgrounds in working with disability services?
- Do you have experience auditing other providers like me?
- Provide your AQA with the evidence documents required to complete your Stage 1 audit. The Stage 1 audit will provide insight into whether your processes may need adjusting so that you are meeting the NDIS Practice Standards.
- Confirm dates for your Stage 2 audit – this needs to be within three months of your Stage 1 audit.
- Your AQA will develop a full audit plan for the Stage 2 audit and provide this to you ahead of time to assist you in scheduling for the day and understanding what to expect.
- The audit team will conduct the Stage 2 audit. If any gaps (or ‘non-conformities’) are identified, these will be discussed with you on the day and the AQA will ask you to document a brief plan to demonstrate how you will respond.
- You will then have some time to implement your plan and provide extra evidence to the AQA to demonstrate that you have sufficiently responded to any identified gaps.
- Once any major non-conformities are addressed, your audit report will be submitted to the NDIS Commission with a recommendation for your registration. Once processed, the Commission will confirm your registration status with you.
What makes HDAA different?
We are transparent with our proposals and audit costs, with our ‘all inclusive’ pricing model you will know from the beginning what the price will be.
All of our assessors come from a background in the health and/or human services sectors, and bring this experience and knowledge to all audits.
We have a highly experienced team and allocate each provider a dedicated contact person who will work closely with you throughout the process.
With thousands of health and human services clients, we have a lot of experience across a very diverse range of providers.
Obtaining a proposal
If you would like us to provide a written proposal outlining expected costs for your certification audit, our friendly NDIS team would love to provide more information and can be contacted directly by calling 1800 601 696.
Alternatively, simply click the button below to send us a quick message, and our team will be in touch shortly to discuss your certification needs.
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