There will be new NDIS worker screening arrangements in 2019-20.
The Commonwealth, States and Territories are working to design and implement new worker screening arrangements for the NDIS. This is to ensure consistent and portable worker screening across Australia.
In NSW, the screening will be called the NDIS Worker Check.
Achieving nationally consistent worker screening is a large and complex task. NSW is working to implement the NDIS Worker Check as soon as possible. It will commence in 2019-20.
Worker screening is a review of a person’s history (criminal, workplace and other records) to decide whether they are safe to work with NDIS participants. Workers will need to obtain a clearance if they are working in certain NDIS roles.
NDIS providers need to understand which roles in their organisation require a clearance. They need to ensure the workers in those roles have a clearance.
We will provide more information about the NDIS Worker Check, how to apply for it and when to apply, when we have certainty about the start date.
In the meantime, there are transitional requirements for workers in the NDIS. These are briefly outlined below. You should speak to your employer about what requirements apply to you.
Transitional requirements for NDIS worker screening in NSW
The Commonwealth requires workers in a ‘risk assessed role’ to have an NDIS worker screening clearance.
NDIS providers are responsible for determining which roles in their organisation are a risk assessed role. Risk assessed roles include:
- Key personnel in an organisation
- Roles for which normal duties includes the direct delivery of a specified support or service to a person with disability
- Roles for 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 rapport with a person with disability as an integral and 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.
In NSW, from 1 July 2018 until the new NDIS Worker Check starts, workers in risk assessed roles will need to have either:
- A criminal records check which shows no conviction for a prescribed criminal offence within the meaning of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (NSW):
- Workers employed before 1 July 2018 must have undertaken this check within the past 4 years
- Workers employed after 1 July 2018 must have undertaken this check within the past 2 years
- A NSW Working with Children Check, but only if their disability work involves working with children as specified under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (NSW).
A list of providers accredited to help people apply for and submit a police check application is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website. Visit:
Applications for a NSW Working with Children Check can be made to the Office of the Children’s Guardian. Visit: https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check
Roles and responsibilites for NDIS worker screening
The roles and responsibilities for worker screening have changed under the Commonwealth’s quality and safeguarding arrangements for the NDIS.
The Commonwealth Government’s NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is responsible for national worker screening policy and design. This includes specifying when workers need a clearance and ensuring providers comply with worker screening requirements. This is set out in the Commonwealth’s National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 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 workers obtain a clearance
- Maintaining records of workers’ clearances
- Familiarising themselves with the worker screening requirements set out in the NDIS Act and Rules.
The NSW Government will undertake the screening of those workers that need a clearance to work once the new NDIS Worker Check commences.
For more information about NDIS worker screening requirements speak to your employer, or contact the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. Visit: https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/