Approved providers who are unable to meet the requirements that come into effect from 1 January 2022 may apply to the Queensland Regulatory Authority for a
waiver under the National Law.
Applications for temporary waivers must be accompanied by evidence of attempts to comply with the requirements and are decided on a case-by-case basis.
It is the approved provider’s responsibility to demonstrate they have a plan in place to come into compliance with the legislative requirements within the period of the waiver and to show that risk is being effectively managed at the service.
Approved providers are advised not to submit
temporary waiver applications that relate to the ending of the transitional provisions before mid-October 2021.
Submission from this date will allow the Regulatory Authority sufficient time to assess the application and make a decision prior to 1 January 2022, and within the legislative timeframes.
If an application is submitted before mid-October, your local regulatory officer may contact you to discuss the details and reasons for submitting the waiver, and you may be asked to withdraw your application.