A Tasmanian disability advocate has suggested new government legislation to ban certain people from working within the National Disability Insurance Scheme does not go far enough.
Government Services Minister Stuart Robert on Monday said the government would introduce legislation to ban unsuitable providers and workers from working with National Disability Insurance Scheme participants whether they were active in the sector or not.
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Mr Robert said the legislation would grant NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner additional powers to prevent people who may pose a risk of harm to participants from entering or re-entering the NDIS.
"'The NDIS Commissioner will be able to apply banning orders to people even if they are not currently working in the NDIS," he said.
"This means workers who have left the NDIS, including where they have been fired due to unsuitable behaviour, can be banned from re-entering the field.
"The amendments also mean the NDIS Commissioner can use information from sources outside the NDIS, such as a person's conduct in aged care or child care work, to ban an unsuitable person from entering the NDIS in the first place."
Disability advocate Jane Wardlaw said not all abuse was committed by formal workers but relatives and this should have been an underlying consideration in the new bill.
She said this was the case for Willow Dean, a four-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who dies after suffering extreme neglect from her father and step family.
Ms Wardlaw said she feared disability support agencies had too much power and control over disabled people's lives.
"Why isn't the the registered provider brought into account?" she said.
"The NDIS is meant to support self-determination, choice and control as key principles so people with disability have equal rights as all citizens.
"Measures like that proposed by the minister may appeal to many yet this makes me feel nervous that NDIS has another level of power and control over who supports us."
She said the design of any new disability policy, legislation or regulations need input from disability rights stakeholders.
There are 8343 Tasmanians on the NDIS.
The total number of active provider within the state with at least one claim also grew over the period from 900 to 996 over three months up until March 31.
Thirty-nine per cent of Tasmanian NDIS participants are recorded to be involved in some form of community activity and 17 per cent are involved in some form of work.
A measure of satisfaction levels for participants last year showed 83 per cent of them rated the planning process as either good or very good.
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