These provisions limit how we collect and use personal information and when and to whom the information may be disclosed. We need to collect information about you and about you when you deal with us. Your privacy is always important to us. We keep all your personal information secure and only collect what we need.
We must comply with federal laws about how we analyze your personal information, how we use it and give it to others. An intentional violation of privacy and confidentiality will result in disciplinary action that may include dismissal. According to the NDIS Code of Conduct, the second principle states that providers and workers who provide NDIS supports and services must “respect the privacy of people with disabilities.” We will not request information that is not reasonably necessary or is directly related to a function or activity of the NDIS Commission. When the collection of personal information is authorized or required under the NDIS Act and Regulations, failure to provide the information may constitute a violation of the NDIS Act, which may result in criminal or civil penalties.
The unauthorized use and disclosure of protected information from the Commission by any person constitutes a criminal offence under the NDIS Act. An easy way to ensure that your company continues to comply with the privacy requirements of NDIS providers is to use quality NDIS software. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) is governed by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in Annex 1 of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act), which regulate how certain types of organizations and agencies may collect, use, disclose and store personal information. An example of protected information from the Commission is information about a worker that appears in the NDIS worker selection database.
But first, it's useful to summarize some important details about the privacy requirements of the NDIS and why the privacy of NDIS participants should be a priority in any disability services company. When the NDIS Commission asks you to provide personal information on a voluntary basis, you should consider your own privacy obligations and seek advice if necessary.