How to apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check
Workers engaged to provide NDIS supports and services to registered NDIS providers, unregistered NDIS providers and self-managed participants can apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check through a state or territory agency. Each agency has a ‘Worker Screening Unit’. The Worker Screening Unit is responsible for accepting and processing NDIS Worker Screening Check applications from workers, and will undertake risk assessments to determine whether a worker receives a clearance.
When a worker applies for an NDIS Worker Screening Check, a fee is 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. The process for this will depend on the state or territory in which a person makes their application.
Workers will nominate the NDIS provider or self-managed participant that engages them (or intends to engage them) to provide NDIS supports and services. The NDIS provider or self-managed participant then needs to verify that they engage (or intend to engage) the worker, for the purposes of delivering NDIS supports and services. The application will not proceed to assessment until the relevant NDIS provider or self-managed participant has verified the application.
It is a condition of registration for registered NDIS providers that they ensure that workers in risk assessed roles have an NDIS Worker Screening Check or an acceptable check under the transitional and special arrangements. This provides a level of safeguarding for NDIS participants by helping to ensure that those in risk assessed roles do not pose an unacceptable risk to the safety and wellbeing of NDIS participants.