Changes to NDIS Worker Screening Arrangements
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission are implementing a nationally consistent NDIS worker screening arrangement. This arrangement will include the roll out of an NDIS Worker Screening Database and NDIS Worker Screening Check. Once fully implemented, the NDIS Worker Screening Check will enable a screened worker to deliver services and supports in any state or territory.
You can read more about the NDIS Worker Screening Check here
How will the new NDIS Worker Screening Check affect OTs?
Once the new national worker screening arrangements are in place, registered NDIS providers will need to ensure all workers have an NDIS worker screening clearance if they are working in a risk-assessed role. Given the nature of occupational therapy, OTs who are working for NDIS registered providers are likely to fall into this category.
You can read more about identifying a risk assessed role here
When will the changes take effect?
States and territories will start implementing the new arrangements on 1 February 2021.
You may start to see information filter through from states and territories over the coming months as they each begin to put processes in place to support these new arrangements.
Is there anything I need to do now?
Until the NDIS Worker Screening Check commences on 1 February 2021, there are individual transitional and special arrangements in place for each state and territory.
Registered NDIS providers providing supports and services to NDIS participants in that state or territory must ensure they are complying with the relevant transitional and special arrangements.
At this stage, there are no such arrangements in Western Australia (WA) as the NDIS Commission are not currently responsible for the registration of NDIS providers in WA. The transitional arrangements for WA will commence 1 December 2020.
For WA, please refer to the information here
For all other states and territories, please refer to the information here
Where can I find further information?
The NDIS Commission Website outlines current state-based NDIS worker screening requirements and provides an overview of the new national arrangement.
OTA will continue to keep members updated as new information is received.