Your safety is very important to us. We work hard to deliver safe services. But sometimes accidents happen. Sometimes people make mistakes or treat other people badly. We call these things ‘incidents’. This form explains how we try to prevent incidents and what we do if one happens. You can help prevent incidents from happening too. Act safely. Treat other people with respect. And if you don’t feel safe, tell someone about it.
NDIS providers must follow rules about keeping people safe. We work hard to keep everyone safe. That means you, our workers and other people in the community. We think about how accidents can happen and how to prevent them. This is called “risk management”. We ask you questions, and think about the supports we provide, about the places where those supports happen, about the people who work with you and other people around you. We want everyone to be safe, and to feel safe. If you feel unsafe, you can tell us. We promise to listen.
Our staff know what to do if there is a problem or accident. We follow NDIS rules if an incident happens.
We must follow these rules if someone gets hurt, if someone says they have been hurt, or if staff treat NDIS participants badly.
If you don’t feel safe talking with our staff, then tell someone else. You can talk with your family and friends, or an advocate. You should complain to the NDIS Commission — they make the rules and help participants when people break the rules.
Everyone has the right to be treated fairly. If you are involved in an incident, you have the right to know what went wrong and what is being done to make it right. If you don’t get these answers, you have the right to complain. We will always keep you informed. We want to treat you with respect. If you are unhappy with our complaints process, you have the right to get help. The NDIS Commission can help. An advocate can help too, by speaking for you.
(t) phone: 1800 035 544
TTY: 133 677
Interpreters can be arranged
Write to Disability, Employment and Carers Group Department of Social Services. GPO Box 9820, Canberra ACT 2601
Or search “disability advocate” online