Update on the Transitioning Arrangements for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)

As of 1 December 2020, Residential Aged Care providers who support a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant will automatically be deemed as a registered provider under NDIS.

What do providers need to do before 1 December 2020?

For now you do not need to take action. On 1 December, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission will write to all RACFs and will outline:

  • The anticipated renewal date for the RACF
  • The Quality and Safeguards Commission’s anticipated audit date for the RACF
  • The process and other mechanisms for future registration

The renewal date for registration will vary for each provider and is likely to depend on how many funded participants a RACF has and the level and depth of funding received from NDIS.

LASA understands the renewal process is likely to be over a period from 2021 to 2023.

RACFs will be provided with a transitional timeline referred to in The Transitional Rules. These rules are currently being developed and LASA is involved in these discussions. The Transitional Rules will focus on 4 key obligations for readiness:

  1.     NDIS Code of Conduct
  2.     National Worker Screening
  3.     Complaints and Reportable Incidents
  4.     Behaviour Support Framework

For now LASA recommends that RACF Managers think about the readiness of the organisation around the 4 key areas of obligation.

Other information to note

It is important for RACFs to know if a resident receives a disability service either directly by the RACFs or indirectly by a secondary provider. Some RACFs may not be aware that they have residents in the facility who receive NDIS funded services, even if there is a very clear care plan in place. Current cross billing arrangements between a number of agencies can make it difficult to pin point exactly who is paying for residents to receive a funded disability service.

LASA is involved in discussions with various Government agencies to bring clarity and transparency on how funding and billing is processed and paid.

For further information and support on the Transitioning Arrangements for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) please call Rosetta Rosa, LASA National Aged Care and Disability Lead, on 1300 111 636 or email rosettar@lasa.asn.au

Alternatively, Members can go to the Aged Care and Disability Hub for further information and updates. The responsibilities tab has summary information on the obligations above.