Queensland prepares for the national NDIS Worker Screening Check

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In anticipation of the new national NDIS Worker Screening Check, due to commence on 1 July 2019, the Queensland government has passed the Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening) Amendment Act 2018.

The Act permits Queensland police to share a person’s criminal history with other states and territories for the purpose of employment screening for disability work. It also clarifies that Queensland’s yellow card system will apply to sole traders (self-employed workers) who provide NDIS disability services. The yellow card system will continue to apply in Queensland until the new national system commences.

When the new national system is rolled out, a worker will need a clearance if they:

  • are involved in the direct delivery of supports and services to people with disability;
  • are likely to have more than incidental contact with people with disability as a normal part of their duties; or
  • are key personnel of a registered NDIS provider, such as those who hold executive, senior management and operational positions.

From 1 July 2019, a national database will be available with a register of cleared and excluded workers from all states and territories.

The basic framework of the national system was agreed upon in an Intergovernmental Agreement earlier this year. More information about the national system will be released closer to 1 July 2019.