Expanded role for the Community Visitor Scheme in South Australia

17 Oct 2019 newsmedia

The role of the state’s Community Visitor Scheme has been extended to include people with disability who are under the guardianship of the Public Advocate.

Around 550 National Disability Insurance Scheme participants are currently under guardianship, and this number is expected to grow.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the Attorney General and the Public Advocate, Anne Gale, have delegated the new authority to the CVS under the Guardianship and Administration Act.

“The CVS will be able to assist the Public Advocate and her staff with their regular visits to NDIS participants under her guardianship,” said Minister Lensink.

“The NDIS is a transformational change in how disability services are funded and provided, with the Commonwealth now having the lead role. Following the transition to the NDIS, the role of the CVS in South Australia is limited to services either provided or funded by the State Government."

“This means that CVS visitors no longer have the legal authority to visit the homes of people with disability, and service providers can’t invite the CVS to inspect private homes or facilities."

“However, with this initiative, many more people will have access to this important service.”

Maurice Corcoran resigned his role as the Principal Community Visitor effective 13 September, 2019 to take up a role with the Disability Royal Commission.

Ms Gale has been appointed as the Acting Principal Community Visitor. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is legally responsible for the quality and safety of NDIS funded services and the safeguarding of NDIS participants.

Minister Lensink said the State Government was continuing to advocate for national consistency in approaches to quality and safeguarding