Compliance with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Practice Standards – Worker Screening) Rules 2018 is a condition of registration for all registered NDIS providers under the NDIS Act 2013.

On 1 February 2021, states and territories will start implementing new NDIS worker screening arrangements as part of a national approach to worker screening. Once the new national worker screening arrangements have commenced, registered NDIS providers will be required to only engage workers who have an NDIS worker screening clearance in risk assessed roles.

Compliance with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Practice Standards – Worker Screening) Rules 2018 is a condition of registration for all registered NDIS providers under the NDIS Act 2013.

On 1 February 2021, states and territories will start implementing new NDIS worker screening arrangements as part of a national approach to worker screening. Once the new national worker screening arrangements have commenced, registered NDIS providers will be required to only engage workers (i.e. staff members and volunteers) who have an NDIS worker screening clearance in risk assessed roles.

There is also guidance available for identifying risk assessed roles for workers and personnel supporting NDIS participants in registered residential aged care facilities.

Transitional arrangements for RACs:

From 1 February 2021 dual providers can satisfy their obligations under the Worker Screening Rules by ensuring that a worker engaging in a risk assessed role holds:

  • an acceptable aged care provider check (i.e. a police check); OR
  • an acceptable check in accordance with state and territory transitional arrangements; OR
  • an NDIS Worker Screening Check clearance (when it commences across Australia from 1 February 2021).

An acceptable aged care provider check will no longer be valid after three years having passed from the date the police certificate was issued (before 1 February 2021);

Aged care providers that are also registered NDIS providers

From 16 June 2021, NDIS worker screening clearances allow aged care providers to satisfy the requirements under the Aged Care Act 1997 (Aged Care Act) for aged care staff and volunteers who support NDIS participants.

For aged care providers that are also registered NDIS providers, these changes remove the dual screening obligations for workers in the aged care and disability sectors, creating an alternative pathway for you to meet the requirements for staff and volunteers under the aged care legislations.

This applies if your worker needs an NDIS worker screening clearance for a risk assessed role, or already has an NDIS worker screening clearance that is current and less than five years old.

Further information about your responsibility to meet these requirements is on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

 

Watch the NDIS Worker Screening Webinar for more information about your responsibilities.

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