Understanding the NDIS Rules and Registration Groups


Understanding the NDIS rules around registration, certification and verification is important.

We have simplified the NDIS Registration Requirements in our graphic below. There are 36 registration groups including 23 less complex supports, 8 complex supports and 5 that require specialist Modules. Take note that verification only applies to sole traders and partnerships, all other cases require certification.

Modules 1 - 5 explained

Anything that involves children, being in someone’s home, handling their money or having to use restraints will require what is called ‘Module 1-5’. 

If you are offering a low risk service, such as a hearing aid or community nursing care or modifying someone’s car or home, then you can register or renew with the NDIS annually using the core self-assessment process

Here you have to identify which policies and processes you have to meet the questionnaire and how you adhere to the guidelines.  Beware if you overstate your qualifications or ability to service participants because the auditor will be reporting to the NDIS Quality Commission the results of their observations.

If you are an individual sole trader or operating as a partnership you have a streamlined audit process requiring only a desktop review of your policies and processes. 

Anyone registering as a Company Pty Ltd will require a certification audit. The price for the audits is different (more expensive for Certification).

The following are now exempt from surveillance audits (effectively only audited every 3 years):

  • Specialist Disability Accommodation only providers

  • Sole traders and partnerships who are only registered under Early Childhood Early Intervention

  • Providers who only provide low risk supports

Providers who fall within those categories will be subject to lower auditing costs as they do not require annual checks.

Service providers who are under a sole trader or partnership structure registering for a combination of Early Intervention Supports for Early Childhood and Therapeutic Supports only need to be audited against the Early Childhood Module rather than all of the CORE modules.

If you are already registered with a professional body and need to be a member as a requirement of doing business, then you can also do a verification audit. Bodies such as Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have their own standards, training requirements and code of conduct. By being a part of such a professional body, the audit requirement is a more straightforward process. Since the Therapeutic Supports registration group is nearly 50% of the listed service providers in the NDIS this means that they only require a verification audit.

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Updated 11th June 2019


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