What is a NDIS Worker Screening Check?

When an individual applies in any role under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, they must undertake a risk assessment check for the NDIS to make informed decisions whether a person poses unacceptable risks to people with disability.

The check is quite distinct from the National Police Checks (NPC). And it is handled by the government screening units of the NDIS.

This newly improved NDIS Worker screening check is valid for up to 5 years from the point of issue.

What is the difference between a National Police Check and an NDIS Worker Screening Check

It is important to note that a Police Check and an NDIS Worker Screening Check are two different checks.

There are various differences between the Checks and chief of them is that an NDIS worker screening check takes into account more information about an individual than just their criminal record.

A National Police Check is a point in time check; it contains a list of all Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCOs) of an individual in Australia. Also, all records are released in accordance with the Spent Convictions Scheme.

On the other hand, the NDIS Worker screening Check helps mitigate and expunge the risks to people with disability from the people who provide them with assistance.

An NDIS check takes into account more risk factors than a national police check. The factors considered in an NDIS Check consider criminal history, workplace misconduct, AVOS, information about past employment, juvenile offences and any other relevant information that may determine whether a worker poses a risk to a person with disability.

The NDIS workers screening check is only relevant for people who apply for roles under the NDIS.

Who needs an NDIS worker screening Check?

All workers seeking to work in roles that involve care for people with a disability (irrespective of the degree) must approach the NDIS for a worker screening check.

The checks are also national and will enable screened workers to deliver support services in other states and territory in Australia.

The NDIS workers screening check is the priority document for those involved in NDIS related work.

Do my employees need to have an NDIS Worker Screening Check?

The NDIS is an assessment of the potential risks in employing people for roles that have to do with the care of people with disability. These people are vulnerable and need all the assistance they can get, including assessing those who work with them.

As an organisation that provides services under the NDIS, ensure that all employees/volunteers under your organisation undergo the mandatory clearance by the NDIS worker screening units in charge of the relevant State or Territory. The worker screening units also make decisions on whether a person is cleared, excluded or prohibited.

However, if the NDIS Worker Screening Check has not commenced or is temporarily unavailable, registered NDIS providers should ensure their workers in risk assessed roles have an acceptable check. “Acceptable Checks” for workers in the NDIS roles must conform with the transitional and special arrangements that apply to the State or territory where they provide support and services.

How can I apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check?

Both workers engaged in NDIS services, unregistered NDIS providers and self-managed providers will be able to apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check through their state or territory government screening unit.

All of these agencies have a ‘worker screening unit’. The unit is responsible for accepting and processing all NDIS Worker screening check applications from workers and conducts the risk assessment or tests to determine whether a worker should receive clearance.

  • The application process for an NDIS worker includes a submission of the applicants (worker) contact and information details at the NDIS Worker screening units and completing the rest of the application form.
  • Workers also have to prove their identity for the information they have provided via legal IDs in Australia. However, these processes may vary among states and territories where they make the application.
  • There is a fee that every applicant for the NDIS workers screening check must pay during/before applying. This fee is set by the State or Territory where the application is made.
  • During the application process, workers will also nominate or provide information about the NDIS provider or the self-managed participant who engages or intends to engage them for NDIS support and services.
  • The NDIS provider or self-managed participant must equally verify the claim of the applicant that the worker is either engaged by them or is an intended employee.

Note that the application will not proceed to assessment until the relevant and registered NDIS provider or self-managed participant verifies the application.

NDIS providers should ensure that all of their workers, volunteers and relevant partners have an NDIS Worker Screening Check or an acceptable check under the transitional and special arrangements. These Checks/procedures obviate unacceptable risks or dangers from workers to people with disability.

NDIS Check New South Wales (NSW)

All registered NDIS providers must request an NDIS worker screening check from their workers or accept checks in Australia.

Acceptable checks include a Criminal record check done before the 1st of July 2018, and shows that the person has not committed a criminal offence within the meaning of the inclusion act 2014.

Risk assessment checks such as a current NSW working with children check obtained during the transition period can be an acceptable check.

NSW NDIS support workers can request a chck here:

NSW: Service NSW NDIS Worker Check

NDIS Check Victoria (VIC)

Registered NDIS agencies in Victoria must ensure their workers must obtain an NDIS worker screening Check before or while employed in roles covered by the NDIS regulations.

VIC NDIS support workers can request a chck here:

VIC: VIC NDIS Worker Screening

NDIS Check Queensland (QLD)

Anyone in Queensland (QLD) seeking to work in roles subsumed in the NDIS, they must obtain the NDIS worker screening check. It is issued by the agency present in your state and is mandatory. No acceptable checks are valid after the transition period except on special conditions.

QLD NDIS support workers can request a chck here:

QLD: Queensland Disability Worker Screening

 

NDIS Screening Check Tasmania (TAS)

All registered NDIS providers that deliver support and services in Tasmania must ensure that all their workers provide or have registered for their NDIS workers screening Check. Acceptable checks will remain valid if it is obtained during the transition period.

TAS NDIS support workers can request a chck here:

TAS: TAS Work with vulnerable people and NDIS Worker screening

 

NDIS Check: Western Australia (WA)

Workers and volunteers involved in all NDIS stipulated roles must ensure that their workers especially those in risk assessed roles obtain an NDIS worker screening Check.

 

WA NDIS support workers can request a chck here:

WA: Department of Communities WA NDIS Worker screening check

NDIS Check: South Australia (SA)

Workers who seek to work in NDIS included roles in SA must obtain NDIS workers screening Check from this portal

SA: Department of Human Services SA NDIS Worker Checks

NDIS Check Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

People who want to provide support and services included in the NDIS must register for their NDIS workers screening check. You can access registration via the website https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/providers/application-form

An acceptable check must include the “working with vulnerable people check (WWVP)” and this registration should allow them to engage in the role.

NDIS Checks Northern Territory (NT)

All registered NDIS providers in the NT must ensure that any of their workers in a risk-assessed role should provide or have registered for NDIS workers screening Check.

All unregistered workers engaged in risk assessed roles can register through this website https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/providers/application-form

Can Worker Checks provide NDIS Worker Screening Checks ?

No

NDIS worker screening checks are only processed through the statutory organisations in each state.

A screening unit has been set up in each state and territory to conduct NDIS Worker Screening checks  and issue the resulting cards, registrations or permits.

The following state and territory screening units are the only organisations allowed, under legislation, to conduct NDIS screening checks:

(Click on the state or territory below)

NSW: Service NSW NDIS Worker Check

QLD: Queensland Disability Worker Screening

SA: Department of Human Services SA NDIS Worker Checks

TAS: TAS Work with vulnerable people and NDIS Worker screening

VIC: VIC NDIS Worker Screening

WA: Department of Communities WA NDIS Worker screening check

ACT: Access Canberra

NT: Northern Territory Government

Learn More

Worker Checks provide a single window to view and share the clearance status of workers (or anybody requiring a National Police Check  or a WWCC).

For those Working with the Vulnerable (age 18+) , continuing National Police Checks are all that are currently required. All our Worker Plans meet this requirement.

For those Working with Children (age<18), you will need to supply your WWCC and Worker Checks will supplement this with Continuing National Police Checks. We screen WWCC weekly and  these results are available in App, with updates and alerts included as a part of the Worker Checks service.