NDIS protections

A national scheme will be set up to screen workers in the disability sector to protect people with disability who access services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), under a bill passed by the Parliament.

May 18, 2018

The Crimes Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme—Worker Screening) Bill 2018 detailed wide-ranging measures. Workers with registered NDIS providers who provide higher risk supports and services will need to have a new NDIS Worker Screening Check, to be rolled out over the next two years. NDIS participants who manage their own plans will also have access to information about these workers. The national scheme means that consistent checks can be put in place and information shared about workers’ criminal history records anywhere in Australia.

The Australian Government has set up the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission to design and run worker screening, register NDIS providers, respond to complaints and manage reported incidents of harm to people with disability in the NDIS.