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9.1 Glossary

Commonly used acronyms and terms from the report.



Adult Safeguarding Unit


Community Visitor Scheme


Department of Human Services


Information Linkages and Capacity Building Grants


Local Area Coordinator


National Disability Insurance Agency


National Disability Insurance Scheme


Office for Ageing Well


South Australian Police


Specialist Disability Accommodation


Supported Independent Living


United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Younger People in Residential Aged Care

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Bilateral (Intergovernmental) Agreement

Signed agreements between the Commonwealth and the State detailing the operational and funding arrangements for the NDIS.


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Complex Support Needs Pathway

Specialised support for participants who have other challenges impacting their lives such as mental health issues, incarceration or homelessness and need a higher level of specialised support in their plan.

Dept.- Health and Wellbeing (DH&W)

Responsible for setting the strategic direction for the delivery of health services in South Australia.

Health Performance Council SA

Statutory Ministerial advisory body to provide advice to Minister for DH&W on the performance of the State’s health systems.

Medicare Benefits Scheme

A listing of the Medicare services that are subsidised by the Australian government managed by the Department of Health.

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

A nationally accessible service designed to aid the reporting of abuse and neglect of people with disability in Commonwealth, State or Territory funded disability services.

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NDIS Code of Conduct (NDIS Providers)

Promotes safe and ethical service delivery by setting out expectations for the conduct of both NDIS providers and workers.

NDIS Rules

Legislative instruments made under the NDIS Act that set out in detail the operation of the NDIS.

NDIS Participant

To be a participant of the NDIS you must meet the following access criteria:

  • Are aged under 65 when the access request is made
  • Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or special category visa holder
  • Satisfy either permanent or significant disability or early intervention requirements
  • Need support from a person or equipment to do everyday activities.

NDIS Funding

There are three options to manage your NDIS Funding:

  • Self-Management: When you manage your funding
  • Plan Managed: A plan manager is funded through your plan and pays your provider
  • NDIA (Agency) Managed: NDIA pays providers on your behalf.

NDIS Unregistered provider obligations

Not all providers need to register with the NDIS Commission.
Only self or plan managed participants can engage an unregistered provider and:

  • Can individually decide if they want workers of unregistered providers to have a NDIS Worker Screening Check
  • Will be able to make unregistered providers and their workers aware of their obligations under the NDIS Code of Conduct.

The NDIS Commission can support people to make a complaint against an unregistered provider.

NDIS Q&S Commission

An independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services.

NDIS Worker Screening

NDIS Registered Providers must ensure that particular workers have an appropriate check as a mandatory requirement of registration. Risk assessed roles are:

  • Key personnel roles
  • Work in the delivery of specified supports or specified services (NDIS Practice Standard –Worker Screening) Rules 2018

Roles that require physical, face-to-face contact and oral, written and electronic communication.

Office of the Public Advocate SA

Independent statutory office of the South Australian Government that exists to promote the rights and independence of people who may need assistance with decision-making.

Psychosocial Disability

A psychosocial disability is when mental illness becomes pervasive and interferes with a person’s functioning.

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with Disability

Established in April 2019 in response to community concern and gathers information through research, public hearings, submissions and other forums. Final report to be delivered on 29 April 2022.

Support Coordination

  • Support Connection: To build your ability to connect with informal community and funded supports enabling you to achieve your goals
  • Support Coordination: Assist you to build the skills you need to understand, implement and use your plan
  • Specialist Support Coordination: For people whose situations are more complex, to assist you to manage challenges in your support environment and ensuring consistent delivery of services.

Visitable sites

As defined in each jurisdictions Community Visitors Scheme Legislation.

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