Article by Robert Green, NDIS Advisor, Western Sydney Business Centre
NDIS Registration Process
Small business providers/potential providers face challenges every day that require life changing decisions. The biggest one they will make is the decision to register or not register as a provider.
The NDIS registration process can be a complex process, especially when it comes to the audit requirement which focuses on the businesses ability to satisfy the NDIS Practice Standards. They are focused on the basic human rights of an individual with a disability which include privacy, respect, safety and humanity. Rights that everyone has an expectation of, although we don’t always write them down when we start a business.
To contend with the “audit” (either verification or certification) the provider needs to establish a set of policies and procedures which address these issues and develop systems which guarantee the rights are set in concrete and very much a part of the business’s everyday life. If you are not used to doing this, it can appear to be a hard slog.
Then there is the cost, anywhere from about $800 to $12,000 depending on the size of the business and the items for which the business wishes to register to provide. This can be quite daunting but with more and more persons with a disability coming under the NDIS banner it is a necessary expense for many businesses. It has the potential to wipe out a considerable chunk of business and its related income if you don’t register.
You may feel helpless and/or confused about all of this and don’t know where or how to start the process. Fortunately, the NSW State Government sees the need of small businesses and has established a generous advisory program to help you through Business Connect.
For help with your NDIS challenges, call Bob Green at Western Sydney Business Centre or on 0490 251 615.