NDIS Worker Screening Check
The NDIS Worker Screening Check will soon be available nationally. Until this time, interim arrangements are in place in all states and territories except for Western Australia.
Once implemented nationally, the NDIS Worker Screening Check will be a single national clearance for workers providing NDIS services and supports.
Registered providers are responsible for identifying which roles in their organisation are risk-assessed. Workers in risk assessed roles will be required to have an NDIS Worker Screening clearance. Self-managed participants and unregistered providers will be able to request that workers providing NDIS services and supports have an NDIS Worker Screening Check and may choose to only receive services from providers with a worker screening clearance.
How to apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check
Workers providing NDIS disability support and services to registered providers, unregistered providers and self-managed participants will be able to apply for a NDIS Worker Screening Check through their local state or territory. State and territory agencies are 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.
Workers will nominate their NDIS employer when applying. The employer will then need to verify the worker is employed by them for the purposes of delivering NDIS services and supports. The application will not proceed to assessment until the employer has verified the application.
Registered NDIS providers will need to ensure that workers in risk assessed roles have an appropriate NDIS Worker Screening Check as it is a mandatory requirement of NDIS provider registration. This provides a level of safeguarding for NDIS participants by ensuring that key personnel and workers in roles delivering specified NDIS supports or services, or with more than incidental contact with people with disability, 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 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 soon be available.