Worker screening is a way to check that the people who are working or wish to work with the NDIS do not present an unacceptable risk to people with disability. It is an important tool for employers’ recruitment, selection and screening processes, and in the ongoing review of the suitability of their workers.
The NDIS Worker Screening Check is now live nationally. If you are a self-managed participant, you are able to ask workers providing NDIS supports and services to you to demonstrate they have a clearance, or to ask them to obtain a clearance by undergoing an NDIS Worker Screening Check.
If your plan is self-managed and you use supports and services from unregistered NDIS providers, the provider (if an individual) or their workers are not required to have undergone an NDIS Worker Screening Check. However, if they have not had an NDIS Worker Screening Check they may not have had a criminal history check. You can ask an individual who is an unregistered NDIS provider and workers who provide your supports and services to have an NDIS Worker Screening Check.
You can also ask workers to demonstrate that they have an alternative check or clearance that meets the requirements in the transitional and special arrangements that apply in the state or territory where you live.
The NDIS Worker Screening Database allows self-managed participants to verify and check the NDIS Worker Screening clearance status of workers engaged to provide NDIS supports and services. The NDIS Commission is responsible for establishing, operating and maintaining the database.
You can apply to access the NDIS Worker Screening Database to support the NDIS Worker Screening Check.