It’s OK to Speak Up

DSA strives to ensure people with disability are placed at the centre of all our decisions and meaningfully participate in the design of their goals, services and decisions about their lives.

Understanding what we do well and where we need to improve will help us achieve this – together.

We take feedback and concerns about DSA services, practices or products  very seriously. We view complaints as a way to improve our organisation. If we don’t know something is wrong or isn’t working well, we can’t fix it.

We want you to feel confident to speak up and know that the information you share with us will be taken seriously, reviewed professionally and the appropriate actions taken as swiftly as possible. See DSA’S responsibility to speak up section below.

Importantly, if you do speak up, we want to assure you that your privacy, rights and wellbeing will be respected and protected.

Different ways to speak up

  1. Contact a DSA staff member or manager (verbally or in writing)
  2. Fill out one of our Contact Us forms:
  3. Contact our Customer Connections team if you would like help completing a form or wish to provide feedback in a different way.

Phone: 1300 372 121 (business hours)  |   Email: customerconnections@dsa.org.au

4. You may wish to use the new confidential whistleblower service Speak Up if you don’t feel comfortable using the options above or would prefer to speak to someone else.

  • Speak Up is managed by the external company Deloitte.
  • You can be anonymous. You will not be asked to reveal your identity unless you choose to do so.
  • Reports prepared by Deloitte will go directly to DSA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for review and action within one business day of you making contact. If you report something life-threatening to Speak Up, it will be reported to DSA immediately.
  • If your feedback is about the CEO or CRO, a report will go to the Chair of the DSA Board.

How to contact Speak Up:

Phone: 1800 952 667    |    Email: dsaspeakup@deloitte.com.au

Online: www.dsaspeakup.deloitte.com.au and click: “Log an incident/suspicion”

Post: Speak Up, Reply paid 12628 A’Beckett Street, Victoria 8006

5. NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The NDIS Commission is an Australian Government agency which protects the rights of people with disability who are receiving NDIS supports. You can contact the NDIS Commission if you want to report any concerns, complaints or incidents, including allegations of abuse and neglect of NDIS participants.

To get in touch with the NDIS Commission:

Phone: 1800 035 544 (free call from landlines)   |  Text Telephone TTY: 133 677

Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450  |  National Relay Service: internet-relay.nrscall.gov.au and ask for 1800 035 544

Online: Submit the Online Complaint Contact Form www.ndiscommission.gov.au/participants/complaints

Mail: PO Box 210, Penrith NSW 2750

More information about the NDIS Commission, including resources for participants, is available on the NDIS Commission website.

6. Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is an important opportunity for people with disability and those who support them to be heard, participate in improving the disability sector and ensure people with disability are afforded full and equal enjoyment of all human rights.

DSA will support people with disability and their families to contribute their unique insights and experiences to this important national conversation.

If you wish to be involved or have any questions, please contact Carolynne Lepp, DSA Chief Risk Officer at email drc@dsa.org.au or phone 02 8379 3314.

To get in touch with the Disability Royal Commission directly:

Email: DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au

Phone: 1800 517 199 (9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday AEDT excluding public holidays)

Post: GPO Box 1422, Brisbane Qld 4001

There are a range of supports available to make the Disability Royal Commission accessible to people with disability. This includes legal, financial, emotional and advocacy support.

DSA’S responsibility to speak up too

DSA has a commitment to provide all participants and employees with a safe and supportive environment free of abuse, neglect and ill treatment. We are committed to a zero tolerance initiative which includes:

  • a clear message that abuse, neglect and violence are not okay
  • an organisational and personal commitment to act on:
    • anything that makes a person with disability be or feel unsafe
    • anything that doesn’t support a person’s human rights
    • anything that we could be doing better

If we witness or hear about something that concerns us, we have a responsibility as an organisation to do something about it. If DSA becomes aware of an event that may constitute abuse/neglect or ill treatment of a person we serve, we are required to report the event to the relevant bodies. This may include notifying emergency services including police where appropriate.

We listen and act when you speak up

DSA is committed to ensuring all feedback, complaints and suggestions are actioned in a timely manner and we ensure compliance with relevant legislation.

As a provider of disability services under NDIS, DSA must adhere to conduct standards in line with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission guidelines.

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