Worker Screening (self-managed participants)
The NDIS Worker Screening Check will be available nationally from 1 February 2021. If you are a self-managed participant, you will be 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 you have a representative who assists you in self-managing your plan, they can request a worker delivering NDIS supports and services to undergo an NDIS Worker Screening Check and check if the worker has a clearance.
If your plan is self-managed and you access supports and services provided by unregistered NDIS providers, it will not be mandatory for the provider or their workers to have undergone an NDIS Worker Screening Check. However, workers who have not undertaken an NDIS Worker Screening Check may not have had a criminal history check. You will be able to ask unregistered providers and workers who are providing supports and services to you to have an NDIS Worker Screening Check.
Until the NDIS Worker Screening Check commences, you can also request 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.
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.
When the worker screening unit makes a decision that a person is cleared to work with people in risk assessed roles, that person will have a 'clearance'. Whether or not a person has a clearance is particularly relevant if that person works for a registered NDIS provider. (The provider will not be able to allow the person to work in a risk assessed role without having a clearance.) However, you can also choose not to engage a person who does not have a clearance.
NDIS Worker Screening Database
From 1 February 2021, you will be able to access the NDIS Commission's NDIS Worker Screening Database to support the NDIS Worker Screening Check. The NDIS Commission is responsible for establishing, operating and maintaining the database.
The database will:
- have a register of cleared and excluded workers from all states and territories to enable national portability of clearances
- support national ongoing monitoring of the conduct of workers with clearances
- mean NDIS providers and self-managed participants across the country can sponsor applications and check the clearances of prospective workers through the NDIS Worker Screening Database, without needing to contact individual state and territory worker screening units
- help NDIS providers with record-keeping requirements
The NDIS Worker Screening Database will commence operation when the NDIS Worker Screening Check commences.
NDIS providers and individuals, including self-managed participants (or their representatives), will need to apply to the NDIS Commission to access information stored on the database. Information about how to access and use the NDIS Worker Screening Database will be available closer to commencement of its operation.
Further information about NDIS Worker Screening is available on our Worker Screening overview page.