First of all, let’s look at the definition of the term Code of Conduct. Put simply, it’s a set of rules outlining socially and morally acceptable standards of behaviour. And why do we need one? To protect the rights of individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable.
According to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, “A new NDIS Code of Conduct has been introduced for workers under the NDIS to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people with a disability.”
There are seven elements of the NDIS Code of Conduct which are all based around the themes of equal human rights, informed consent, competence, trust, safety, accountability, prevention and responding to misconduct.
We all want to live in a safe environment where we have the opportunity and freedom to be ourselves, to experience everything life has to offer and to be safe doing so.
Unfortunately for many, this isn’t what life is about. Too many instances exist where a person has suffered undue pain or discomfort (or worse, death) due to inadequate care practices.
As workers within the community sector, it is our responsibility to understand the Code of Conduct and what this means in relation to the work we do. This is all of our business. It’s our duty to help protect others who can’t protect themselves.
For detailed information about the NDIS Code of Conduct, go to www.ndiscommission.gov.au