The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with a permanent and significant disability which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) implements the NDIS.
An NDIS Worker Screening Check is a risk assessment by NDIS worker screening units of people under the NDIS to evaluate if a person poses an unacceptable risk to people with disability. This check takes into account more risk based factors than a regular criminal history check.
Workers starting in a role that requires clearance after July 1 will need to apply for the new NDIS check. Once the new Checks are fully implemented, they will enable a screened worker to deliver support and services in any state or territory, and are valid for 5 years. Worker ScreeningChecks are only relevant for workers engaging in NDIS related work.
It is important to note that a National Police Check and an NDIS Worker Screening Check are two different checks.
A national police check is a point in time check and discloses criminal history in accordance with the spent convictions scheme.
An NDIS check takes into account more risk factors than a national police check. The factors considered in an NDIS Check consider criminal history, workplace misconduct, AVOS, information about past employment, juvenile offences and any other relevant information that may determine whether a worker poses a risk to a person with disability.
Please refer to the NDIS Commission website for the appropriate NDIS check for your state or territory.