By Juliano Oliveira
The new nationally consistent worker screening will protect around 90,000 Queenslanders with a disability receiving the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
With the introduction of new rules, clearances and exclusions will be recognised across all states and territories, including Queensland.
Minister for Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford said Queenslanders with a disability would have ensured their human rights respected.
“Its important for all NDIS providers and workers to understand their obligations under the new worker screening system, including whether they need a clearance,” he said.
“For example, new employees of NDIS registered providers, including sole traders, will need to have an NDIS worker screening clearance before they commence work. Existing employees who hold a current Yellow Card can continue working and will transition when their renewal falls due or if there is a change in their criminal history.”
A streamlined online worker screening process and detailed user guides have been developed by the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships.
For information, or to apply, visit the Worker Screening website at workerscreening.communities.qld.gov.au,
or contact the Worker Screening via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or free call 1800 183 690.
Information is also available on the NDIS Commission website at www.ndiscommission.gov.au/providers/worker-screening.