Worker screening – interim screening arrangements

Until the NDIS Worker Screening Check starts in your state or territory, registered NDIS providers providing supports and services to NDIS participants must ensure their workers in risk-assessed positions meet the acceptable check requirements in the state or territory in which the worker is operating.

These interim checks are not portable. This means that workers of registered NDIS providers delivering NDIS services and supports to people with disability must have an acceptable check in each state and/or territory in which they work.

Acceptable checks: New South Wales

For registered NDIS providers delivering supports and services in in New South Wales, any worker engaged in a risk assessed role must have:

  • a criminal record check done before 1 July 2018 and within the past four years showing the person did not have a conviction for a prescribed criminal offence, or
  • a criminal record check done between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2020 (or the date that a notice is made that the NDIS Worker Screening Unit is operational in NSW) and within the past two years showing the person did not have a conviction for a prescribed criminal offence, or
  • a current New South Wales Working with Children Check for those providing services to children in the NDIS that has been obtained before or during the transition period. There are a range of organisations providing criminal record checking services, and registered NDIS providers can choose how to obtain a criminal record check. Individuals can also apply for their own criminal record check through the New South Wales Police Force.

Registered NDIS providers delivering NDIS supports and services in NSW will need to register with the New South Wales Office of the Children's Guardian to verify the status of a worker's Working with Children Check or the status of their application for a Working with Children Check online. More information about the New South Wales Working with Children Check, including information about who is eligible and how to apply, can be found at the New South Wales Office of the Children's Guardian.

Acceptable checks: South Australia

For registered NDIS providers delivering NDIS supports and services in South Australia, from 1 July 2018 any worker engaged in a risk assessed role must have:

  • Department of Human Services Disability Services Employment Screening check;
  • Department of Human Services Child-related Employment Screening check issued before 1 July 2019;
  • Until they expire (three years from date of issue), or are revoked.

Any new worker delivering NDIS supports or services in South Australia who requires a check, or whose existing check expires after 1 July 2019, will need to obtain a Department of Human Services Disability Services Employment Screening check, until the NDIS Worker Screening Check is in place. A Working with Children Check is not an acceptable check for the purposes of providing NDIS services and supports.

More information can be found on the South Australian Department of Human Services Screening Unit website.

Acceptable Checks: Victoria

All registered NDIS providers delivering NDIS services and supports in Victoria must have reference to Safety Screening Policy for registered NDIS providers operating in Victoria (Safety Screening Policy).

  • Workers employed or otherwise engaged by a registered NDIS provider in specified roles at 30 June 2019, and who have a valid check under Victoria's state-based worker screening policies, are considered cleared to work under the interim worker screening policy.
  • Registered NDIS providers operating in Victoria are required to conduct the following checks for new workers:

When the transition period ends, workers delivering NDIS supports and services, whose registered NDIS provider employer was compliant with the screening requirements set out in the Safety Screening Policy during the transition period, have six months following the transition period to obtain a clearance, or to commence the process for obtaining a clearance.

A worker delivering NDIS supports and services may also continue to work in a risk assessed role when the transition period ends if they have a current Working With Children Check that was issued before the end of the transition period, they are currently compliant with the Safety Screening Policy, and their registered NDIS provider employer was compliant with the Safety Screening Policy during the transition period.

Acceptable Checks: Queensland

For registered NDIS providers delivering NDIS supports and services in Queensland, from 1 July 2019 any worker engaged in a risk assessed role must meet the following requirements:

If workers in risk-assessed roles hold a check before the end of the transition period that already meets these requirements, the check is recognised until the check expires.

Acceptable Checks: Tasmania

For registered NDIS providers delivering NDIS supports and services in Tasmania, from 1 July 2019 any worker engaged in a risk assessed role must meet the following requirements:

After the transition period, workers in risk-assessed roles that met these requirements during the transition period may continue to work in the role for three years, or until the registration expires – whichever is sooner.

Acceptable Checks: Australian Capital Territory

For registered NDIS providers delivering NDIS supports and services in the Australian Capital Territory, from 1 July 2019 any worker engaged in a risk assessed role must meet the following requirements:

After the transition period, workers in risk-assessed roles that during the transition period met the requirements as described above, may continue to work in the role for three years or until the check expires – whichever is sooner.

Acceptable Checks: Northern Territory

For registered NDIS providers delivering NDIS supports and services in the Northern Territory, from 1 July 2019 any worker engaged in a risk assessed role must meet the following requirements:

After the transition period, workers in risk-assessed roles that met these requirements during the transition period, may continue to work in the role for two years, or until the check expires – whichever is sooner.