The NDIS Worker Screening Check is now live nationally. As an unregistered NDIS provider, you have the option of asking workers that you employ or otherwise engage to demonstrate they have an NDIS Worker Screening clearance, or to ask them to obtain a clearance by undergoing 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 provide supports and services to people with disability.
Under the new national worker screening arrangements, a clearance obtained through an NDIS Worker Screening Check will be recognised as a clearance in any state or territory.
Self-managed NDIS participants can also individually decide if they require workers of unregistered NDIS providers who provide supports and services to them to undertake an NDIS Worker Screening Check.
Tertiary and TAFE students employed or otherwise engaged by a registered NDIS provider – information for universities and Registered Training Organisations
Tertiary and TAFE students employed or otherwise engaged by a registered NDIS provider are required to have an NDIS Worker Screening clearance or an acceptable state or territory check under the transitional and special arrangements to work in a risk assessed role with NDIS participants. The NDIS Worker Screening Check is available only to those delivering NDIS supports and services to NDIS participants.
Workers (including tertiary and TAFE students) can apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check through the Worker Screening Unit in the state or territory they live or work in.
Universities and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) will need access to the NDIS Worker Screening Database to verify tertiary or TAFE students for the purposes of the Worker Screening Check. To request access to the NDIS Worker Screening Database, an university or RTO representative will need to complete the access form. The representative will receive an email with an outcome to their access request. If approved, they will receive instructions on how to login. A PRODA account is also required to login. If the representative does not already have one, they can register for one using the details in the access approval email.
The university or RTO must be registered for access to the NDIS Worker Screening Database so a student can select them on their NDIS Worker Screening Check application.
When a student makes an application for an NDIS Worker Screening Check, as part of the application process, they will be required to select an employer to verify their application. They can choose their university or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) as the employer. The representative of the university or RTO will then receive a request to verify the student’s application for an NDIS Worker Screening Check.
When the worker (including tertiary and TAFE students) attends their placement, it is the responsibility of the registered NDIS providers to ensure that if the worker is in a risk assessed role they have a worker screening clearance that meets the requirements of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Worker Screening—Practice Standards) Rules 2018 (the Rules). This helps ensure that key personnel and workers in these roles do not pose an unacceptable risk to the safety and wellbeing of NDIS participants.
For more information on the NDIS Worker Screening Database, including how to apply for access to and use the Database, please refer to the NDIS Worker Screening page, flow chart and Quick Reference Guide.
For more information on the NDIS Worker Screening Check, please refer to ourNDIS Worker Screening page and fact sheets.