New legislation released 18th June establishing a nationwide consistent screening system for NDIS workers to improve the safety and care for participants.
The Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke released a new legislation advising that the Bill will replace previous screening methods under the Disability Services Act 2006 (DSA). O’Rourke advised, ‘This Bill will strengthen safeguards for people with disability following the roll out of the NDIS.’
‘The legislative amendments in this Bill will support the implementation of nationally-consistent worker screening for the first time ever.’
‘The new system for NDIS worker screening means clearances and exclusions will be recognised across all states and territories.’
‘The Bill will also enable ongoing monitoring of a screened worker’s criminal history at a national level. This means that if someone commits an offence in another state or territory, we will know about it and be able to take action to assess whether the person should be issued with an exclusion.’
Other changes will include:
- Strengthened identity requirements when completing online applications
- Ability to automatically disqualify people convicted of offences such as sexual and serious assault offences
- Strengthened decision-making framework that reflects a person’s history to assess whether they could bring potential harm to people with disabilities.
- The power to suspend a clearance if a card holder has had a change to their application/assessment information
- Clearances will remain valid for five years
The current screening process will continue and apply until a time subject to national agreement. O’Rourke finished her release with ‘Ensuring that Queenslanders with disability are protected is our highest priority.’ More information can be found via the following link, http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2020/6/18/new-legislation-to-strengthen-disability-worker-checks?fbclid=IwAR1yijHDyfc5fonC02COQlM8kCKEgkVxW5fHUxT7lD1yoU9OUZtD6Ob676g