The Disability Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) commenced on 24 June 2018 and replaced the Disability Regulations 2007. The Regulations support the Disability Act 2006 (the Act) by providing additional safeguards, transparency and accountability for people with a disability.
The Regulations are substantially similar to the 2007 regulations. The major changes are the prescribing of:
- persons or bodies who are permitted to share certain information under the Act for the purposes of the National Disability Insurance Scheme; and
- persons with whom the Disability Services Commissioner may share particular information acquired under the Act.
The Regulations also prescribe monetary limits in relation to disability residential services under the Act. It increases the maximum amount which a service provider is able to hold on behalf of a resident for daily personal needs, from 250 to $500. This amount reflects cost of living increases since the 2007 regulations were made.
A fact sheet has been prepared to provide more information on the Disability Regulations 2018.