Starting your own business can be exciting and rewarding. With the introduction of the NDIS, there are even more reasons to start a meaningful business to help people with disabilities and enjoy the feeling of being your own boss!
However, starting an NDIS business can be daunting. There are so much you need to know and do to apply successfully. You have to complete a lot of paperwork whether you are a sole trader or a company. Then, you need to engage an NDIS Approved Quality Auditor to audit the business as part of the application process. Getting your policies and procedures prepared, implementing them, and training your current or potential staff are barriers that may prevent some businesses from becoming a registered NDIS provider.
Not to worry though! Here, we will break down the steps in the hope of making the process a little easier for you.
Pros and cons of starting an NDIS business
Are you ready to face the process of starting an NDIS business? Here are some of the pros and cons of the process:
LMS TRG can assist you through the process of starting up your own NDIS business. To begin with, we recommend the following steps:
To start the process of becoming a registered NDIS service provider, fill out the NDIS application form. You will need to provide:
You can save the form at any time and have 60 days to complete it. LMS TRG has developed programs that have the information you need to complete your NDIS application process.
As per the NDIS Practice Standards, providers must develop, implement and maintain a Quality Management system. NDIS providers have three options when setting up their Quality Systems:
Once you complete and submit your application, you will be asked to do a “self-assessment” on the NDIS portal. After submitting the self-assessment, the NDIS Commission will send you a file that contains the ‘initial scope of the audit’ required. The document will let you know whether you need a verification or certification audit and what applies to your practice. It will also let you know the standards you need to meet.
Your audit journey starts after selecting an approved quality auditor and providing them with your audit scope. The process is different for verification and certification audits. Your auditor will take into account the size and complexity of the services and support you deliver. You must have all your processes, policies, and procedures in place, as well as the documentation before the audit commences.
Enroling in LMS TRG's NDIS Audit-Ready Program prepares you for the verification or certification audit required for NDIS registration.
After the auditor has submitted their report and recommendation to the Commission, you need to wait for the NDIS Commission to make a decision. When the decision has been made, the NDIS Commission will let you know whether you were successful or not and the reasons why.
LMS TRG’s NDIS Audit-Ready Programs include the information and steps you need to take after completing your audit and the implications of any nonconformities.
Now you have the information you need to help you successfully apply for NDIS registration as a service provider. Work through every step. Using LMS TRG's online programs will help you prepare yourself for what you need to know and help you achieve a favourable outcome.
Once you achieve registration you can start working with NDIS participants to make a positive difference in their lives. And, if you need assistance for your NDIS registration or renewal, see our NDIS page or contact us. We are here to help.
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