Disability reportable incidents
The reportable incidents scheme commenced on 3 December 2014.
Part3C of the Ombudsman Act 1974 requires the Ombudsman to keep under scrutiny the systems of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and funded providers for preventing, handling and responding to reportable incidents involving people with disability who live in supported group accommodation.
A ‘funded provider’ includes any organisation receiving financial assistance under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 to provide supports and services for people with disability living in supported group accommodation. The jurisdiction also covers NDIS registered providers of specialist disability supports to people with disability living in supported group accommodation in accordance with the National Transitional Quality Assurance and Safeguards Working Arrangements.This can include, for example, service providers that provide supported accommodation, day program or other supports or services for people with disability who live in supported group accommodation. Disability supported group accommodation includes any accommodation where at least two people with disability are living together (with some exceptions) and support is provided on site (including respite services).
The Secretary of FACS, or head of a provider, must give the Ombudsman notice, within 30 days, of a reportable incident of which the Secretary or head of a funded provider becomes aware. We have developed forms and guidelines to assist FACS-operated and funded providers and NDIS-registered providers meet their reporting obligations.
Our role under the scheme is to oversee investigations undertaken by FACS or the provider into reportable incidents and to determine whether appropriate action has been taken as a result of the investigation.
To assist you in determining whether a notification must be made to the NSW Ombudsman of a reportable incident, read the Guide for services: Reportable incidents in disability supported group accommodation. For further information about the obligation to notify the NSW Ombudsman of reportable incidents or if you have any questions or comments, email our Disability Reportable Incidents Division or call our inquiry line on 02 9286 0907.
This link accesses our Part A, B and C forms for notifying reportable incidents, and providing information to the Division.