COVID-19 Outbreaks in a Disability Residential/Supported Independent Living (SIL) Setting

Last Updated: 04 Oct 2022 8:45am

Residents who are showing symptoms of COVID-19

Any resident of Supported Independent Living (SIL) services showing symptoms of COVID-19 should be supported as per the Tasmanian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disability Service Providers Preparedness and Response Plan and the obligations under the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

The Best Practice Guidance for Disability Services provides more detail on how sectors and workplaces can meet the Minimum Standards for disability providers, including NDIS Providers and In-home Services.

NDIS Providers

NDIS providers have specific obligations under the NDIS Code of Conduct and the NDIS Practice Standards that relate to the delivery of safe quality supports and services, and the management of risks associated with supports provided to NDIS participants. Remain up to date with specific guidance by visiting the NDIS and NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission websites.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has developed specific advice for Disability Service Providers in relation to PPE.

NDIS providers and self/plan-managing participants who can no longer access PPE supplies through usual means can contact the National Medical Stockpile by emailing NDISCOVIDPPE@health.gov.au

The Tasmanian Government has contracted St John Ambulance to coordinate the supply of PPE to essential service providers unable to obtain their supplies through their normal supplier. Contact St John Ambulance on 1300 360 455 or ppe@stjohntas.org.au for assistance.

If you are a disability service provider and have any questions related specifically to COVID-19 support for people with disability, you can email respiratory.outbreaks@health.tas.gov.au.