From 1 July 2019, there will be new worker screening requirements for people delivering NDIS services.
A new NDIS Worker Check will be introduced in NSW from 1 July 2019. Until then, transitional NDIS worker screening arrangements are in place in NSW.
Under the quality and safeguards arrangements for the NDIS, the roles and responsibilities for worker screening have changed in the following ways:
- The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is responsible for national worker screening policy and design, and for ensuring providers comply with worker screening requirements.
- Providers should familiarise themselves with the requirements set out in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Commonwealth) and the related National Disability Insurance Scheme (Practice Standards-Worker Screening) Rules 2018.
- Providers are responsible for determining which of their workers need a clearance, making sure they obtain a clearance and record keeping in relation to this.
- NSW will undertake the screening of those workers that need a clearance once the new NDIS Worker Check comes into effect from 1 July 2019. More detail about the new check and the process for phasing providers into this will be available closer to the time.
Who needs to get a clearance?
Workers in a ‘risk assessed’ role must have a clearance (or make an application for a clearance) before they can start work.
Disability service providers are responsible for determining which roles in their organisation are a risk assessed role. This includes:
- Key personnel in an organisation.
- A role whose normal duties includes the direct delivery of a specified support or service.
- A role in which the normal duties are likely to involve more than incidental contact with a person with disability. More than incidental contact includes:
- Physical contact.
- Building a level of rapport with the person with disability as an integral or ordinary part of duties.
- Having contact with multiple people with disability, either as part of the direct delivery of a specialist disability support or service, or in a specialist disability accommodation setting.
The below information about Worker screening is provided by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and may be subject to change.