Recognition of alternative accreditation or certification – for new providers of disability services in Qld - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Recognition of alternative accreditation or certification – for new providers of disability services in Qld

The HSQF recognises that providers may hold certification or accreditation under other industry or quality systems.

To reduce unnecessary duplication, where a provider’s existing certification or accreditation aligns well with the HSQF and is appropriate for the registration groups being delivered, providers can request recognition of their alternative accreditation or certification as meeting quality assurance requirements under the HSQF.

Queensland Community Care and acceptance of Home Care Standards (Australian Government)

Some department-funded Queensland Community Care services are in-scope for Queensland’s quality and safeguards framework.

If a Community Care provider is seeking to register with the NDIS to deliver in-scope supports that are the same as what they deliver now, accreditation against the Home Care Standards will be accepted as an alternative accreditation for registration purposes.

Where a Queensland Community Care provider is seeking to register with the NDIS to deliver in-scope supports that are the different to what they deliver now, the provider will need to submit a self-assessment or a request for recognition of alternative accreditation (whichever is relevant).

Once registered with the NDIS, providers will need to ensure that they meet the legislative and non-legislative safeguards that apply to provision of prescribed disability services such as the requirements of the Disability Services Act 2006 for criminal history screening. Further information on these requirements is outlined in the Guide to Suitability.

Alternative accreditation - application and review process

Alternative accreditation/certification or professional qualifications will need to be current as of the submission date for it to be considered valid. To submit a request for assessment, providers are required to:

Review process

  • Incomplete applications will be returned to providers for completion and resubmission to the HSQF mailbox.
  • Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and providers will receive (via email) a letter of notification from the department advising of the outcome of the assessment. The department may also request copies of relevant documents that relate to quality service delivery and legislative safeguards as part of the review process.
  • Where an accreditation or certification is accepted, the letter of notification can be used as evidence of meeting quality assurance requirements for the HSQF for uploading to the NDIS provider portal.

Alternative accreditation application checklist

  • Ensure the request form is complete and the declaration is signed
  • Ensure you have a copy of the current, relevant accreditation certificates and reports and/or a copy of current professional qualifications or membership 
  • Email completed documents and a copy of the 'pending state approval' letter from the NDIS listing the registration groups that could not be approved to hsqf@communities.qld.gov.au

 

 

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