NDIS worker screening clearances now recognised in aged care
What you need to know
- NDIS worker screening clearances now recognised in aged care
- Other workers may need a police certificate
- Beware of privacy restrictions if approached by another provider to verify a worker’s NDIS clearance status
The registration of the Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Requirements for Staff members and Volunteers) Instrument 2021 means that aged care providers that are also registered NDIS providers can now accept an NDIS worker screening clearance for workers in risk assessed roles that support NDIS participants.
This common sense change is welcome. For registered NDIS providers that are also aged care providers, these changes remove the dual screening obligations for workers.
Residential aged care providers that automatically became registered aged care providers on 1 December 2020 can accept the following for workers in risk assessed roles supporting NDIS participants:
- NDIS worker screening clearance
- Police certificate, if it was issued before 1 February 2021 and is still current, or
- Clearance that meets state or territory transitional and special arrangements
All other workers will need a police certificate unless they hold an existing NDIS worker screening clearance.
If an aged care provider seeks to engage a current or past employee of a registered NDIS provider, you may be requested to verify that worker’s NDIS worker screening clearance status. Before releasing this information, you should check that the aged care provider has the worker’s consent to contact you and request this information.
If you require more information, please contact the NDIS Commission on 1800 035 544 or at email@example.com.
For any enquiries, please contact Philippa Angley, Head of Policy, 03 8341 4302, submit enquiry/feedback