We can’t fund any supports that are likely to either:
- cause harm to you
- be a risk to other people.
We need to consider this for all supports, such as support workers, therapies or equipment. It also means we won’t fund supports that involve a regulated restricted practice , such as restraint, unless it follows the requirements of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission .
To help us decide if the support is likely to cause harm, we may need information from a professional. For example, you may need high cost assistive technology, like a powered wheelchair. If so, we would need a report from an occupational therapist to show that it’ll be safe for you to use.
Of course everything we do in life comes with some risk. We all make our own choices about how much risk we want to take in our lives. You should also be able to choose how much risk you want to take in your life.
So we try to balance this when we decide what we can and can’t fund. We can’t fund things that are likely to cause harm. But we will try and balance this with enabling you to make your own choices wherever possible.
While this is one of the NDIS funding criteria, you also have some responsibilities. It’s still your responsibility and your provider’s responsibility to ensure the supports we fund are:
- used correctly
- safe for you
- safe for other people.
You and your provider will also need to manage any risks of harm that arise. For more information, contact the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission .