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Submission SUB-C2L6-000653 (Gina Currie)

Submission reference
SUB-C2L6-000653
Individual's name
Gina Currie
Submission type
General submission
What are your three main problems or concerns with the NDIS?

1. the AQA's hire auditors (meant to be the gatekeepers yeah?), who are inexperienced in disability. Sometimes they go over the top and become abusive to providers, other times they let the almost every non conformity slip through. It's appalling.
2. The audit training I attended was 2 days long. Seriously? Aged care is 1 month. Who has it closer to 'good'? And the trainers we had were really not the best at that particular role. Having people with a disability isn't always the way to go. Just like lived experience of mental illness of its self doesn't make a good peer worker. Quality often lacks in the disability sector.
3. The process for people to register as a provider is far to simple. Has no real capability to keep those out who should be kept out. Its too easy.
The self assessment on the portal is meaningless. Even if they wrote it themselves it doesn't do the trick. This should look more like the statewide tender processes of pre-NDIS.

How do these three main problems affect you and/or others?

As an auditor, consultant: It makes the ndis a bit of a joke. The Australian shame. Given the fraud, providers with good intentions but no experience.
If you could see what I see on a daily basis, surely the NDIA top tier should be just a little ashamed of themselves. Sure, the state system wasn't perfect, but the government through the baby our with the bathwater on this occasion.

Impact: the risk I see on a daily basis is staggering. We have seen Ann Marie Smith pay for the lack of foresight applied to the quality standards. Now I am waiting for an event to match the backpacker fires in Kings Cross to give a wake up call in relation to all the sil houses operating, registered and unregistered.

What do you think are possible solutions to those problems?

I am doing a post grad degree and I chose, under the law subject, to write about participant safety and the worker orientation module. You are welcome to read if you want it. It summarises many of my ideas (not all).

What parts of the NDIS are working well for you?

Innovation has never been better.
Safety has never been worse.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell the NDIS Review?

Why not call for all of us consultants who work with the providers to correct all the issues that the open gate way produced. I am sure we would all be happy to come together.