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NDIS Law Conference

February 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:15 pm AEDT

NDIS conference legal conference

Session 1: Key Updates for Legal Advisors in Disability Services                      WEB212N04A

9.00am to 1.15pm                                                                                           

Chair: Kim Boettcher, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers


9.00am to 10.00am: Substitute Decision Making and the Interplay with the NDIS
Presented by Malcolm Schyvens, Deputy President, Division Head – Guardianship Division, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal

  • General overview of substitute decision making / Guardianship jurisdictions
  • The NDIS: Application and plan management – is there a role for a formally appointed decision maker?
  • The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and Restrictive Practices: the source of consent

10.00am to 11.00am: Empowering Participant Decision Making
Presented by Michael Perkins, Founder, Autonomy First Lawyers

  • Decision making ability: a relative concept
  • Connecting Supported Decision Making and the National Decision Making Principles
  • Linking administrative and legal representation into a care plan
  • Estate administration;  the emerging multi-disciplinary practice field

11.00am to 11.15am  Morning Tea

11.15am to 12.15pm: Practice and Procedure: Internal Review Process at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Presented by Fiona Meagher, Senior Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

  • The evolution of ‘business as usual’ during a pandemic
  • The value of evidence in an application for review
  • Ongoing case management

12.15pm to 1.15pm Topic TBA
Presented by Jackie Finlay, Senior Solicitor, Legal Aid for NDIS and Social Security


Session 2: Legal Issues Affecting Disability Service Providers                           WEB212N04B

2.00pm to 5.15pm                                                                                           


2.00pm to 2.45pm: Update from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
Presented by Christine Regan, State Director ACT/NSW NDIS Commission, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (INVITED)


2.45pm to 3.30pm: Update on the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
Presented by Penelope Eden, Partner, MinterEllison; Recommended Health & Aged Care Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2020

  • Examining the work of the Royal Commission thus far
  • The Interim Report
  • Where to from here?

3.30pm to 3.45pm  Afternoon Tea


3.45pm to 4.30pm – Workplace Law Issues for Disability Service Providers
Presented by Skye Rose, Practice Leader, Moores

  • NDIS-Worker Screening: compliance implications when hiring, managing and ending the employment relationship
  • Where to now for casual employees, what do DSPs need to know?
  • Tips and traps for conducting effective workplace investigations
  • Strategies to navigate the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme and Disability Worker Regulation Scheme (Victoria and national operators)
  • Portable Long Service Leave for Disability Services Providers, implications for Victorian / ACT providers and national providers

4.30pm to 5.15pm – Speaker TBA


Attend and earn 7 CPD units


February 24, 2021
9:00 am - 5:15 pm AEDT


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