NDIS Worker Screening Check

The NDIS Worker Screening Check will be available nationally from 1 February 2021. Until then, transitional and special arrangements are in place for all states and territories except for Western Australia.

What is the NDIS Worker Screening Check?

The NDIS Worker Screening Check is an assessment of whether a person who works, or seeks to work, with people with disability poses a risk to them. The assessment will determine whether a person is cleared or excluded from working in certain roles with people with disability.

The NDIS Worker Screening Check will be conducted by worker screening units in the state or territory where a person applies for the check. The worker screening unit also makes the decision about whether a person is cleared or excluded. Registered NDIS providers are required to ensure that they only engage workers who have been cleared in certain roles, called risk assessed roles.

Until the NDIS Worker Screening Check commences, registered NDIS providers must ensure that their workers in risk assessed roles have an acceptable check that meets the transitional and special arrangements that apply to the state or territory where they provide supports and services. Please visit the transitional and special arrangements page for more information.

How to apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check

Workers engaged to provide NDIS supports and services to registered NDIS providers, unregistered NDIS providers and self-managed participants will be able to apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check through a state or territory agency. Each agency will have a ‘worker screening unit’. The worker screening unit is responsible for accepting and processing NDIS Worker Screening Check applications from workers, and will undertake risk assessments to determine their whether a worker receives a clearance.

When a worker makes an application for an NDIS Worker Screening Check there will be a fee payable which is set by the state or territory in which the application is made.

Workers must prove their identity for their application to proceed. The process for this will depend on the state or territory in which a person makes their application.

Workers will nominate the NDIS provider or self-managed participant that engages them or intends to engage them to provide NDIS supports and services. The NDIS provider or self-managed participant will then need to verify that the worker is engaged by them, or is intended to be engaged by them, for the purposes of delivering NDIS supports and services. The application will not proceed to assessment until the relevant NDIS provider or self-managed participant has verified the application.

It is a condition of registration for registered NDIS providers that they ensure that workers in risk assessed roles have an NDIS Worker Screening Check or an acceptable check under the transitional and special arrangements. This provides a level of safeguarding for NDIS participants by helping to ensure that those in risk assessed roles do not pose an unacceptable risk to the safety and wellbeing of NDIS participants.

NDIS Worker Screening Database

The NDIS Worker Screening Database will hold a register of workers who have applied for an NDIS Worker Screening Check. Registered NDIS providers will be able to access the NDIS Commission Portal to view the clearance status of workers in the NDIS Worker Screening Database.

Self-managed participants and unregistered providers will also be able to access the NDIS Worker Screening Database; however, they will first need to complete an application form requesting access, which will be available.

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