The Stage 1 and Stage 2 [Audits form part of the assessments against the NDIS Practice Standards that NDIS providers have to undertake when they renew or register under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The scope and complexity of supports you deliver, the size of your
For now, letâ€™s look at what the Stage 1 Audit is about and what to expect when itâ€™s time for the initial audit.
When do I have to undertake the Stage 1 Audit?
The Stage 1 Audit must be undertaken after youâ€™ve received an â€œinitial scope of auditâ€ document. The scope of the audit is determined by the NDIS Commission based on the information you provided in your application.
The â€œinitial scope of auditâ€ document will assist you in selecting an approved quality auditor to assess the relevant modules against the NDIS Practice Standards. These will be the outcomes your organisation need to provide evidence for.
What can I expect at the Stage 1 Audit?
The Stage 1 or initial audit is carried out to determine your readiness for certification. The system documentation required for the relevant modules and which youâ€™ll need to provide will be reviewed and assessed by the qualified auditor.
You should ensure that your organisationâ€™s system documentation, such as policy manuals and procedures, and other supporting documents are well prepared and updated.
Stage 1 Audit is usually conducted off-site. This is also known as a â€œdesk-top auditâ€.
What happens after the Initial Audit?
Once the audit is complete, the audit outcomes will be sent to the NDIS Commission. This will be used to assess your organisationâ€™s suitability.
You will receive a written report which outlines your readiness for the Stage 2 Certification Audit. This will include any areas of improvement needed before your next audit.