Read this important information before applying for an NDIS endorsement
Before applying for NDIS worker screening, you first must apply for a registration to work with children with an NDIS endorsement. To get this endorsement, your NDIS employer (this includes an NDIS participant) must verify your work. Your application will NOT proceed without this verification. You will need to provide your employer details so have this information ready before starting your application. Further instructions are provided when you apply.PLEASE NOTE: you cannot apply for an NDIS endorsement if you do not have an NDIS employer
The National Disability Insurance Scheme Worker Screening Check process has started. This new screening process affects anyone applying for a Registration to Work with Vulnerable People as well as employers and determines whether applicants present an unacceptable risk of harm to people with disability.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian Government Scheme that funds costs associated with disability. An individual with a disability (or their guardian) receives funding so they can choose a provider to supply the services and supports they require.
From 1 February 2021, if you provide supports and services to a person with a disability under the NDIS in Tasmania, and don’t already have a registration to work with children in Tasmania, you must apply for a registration to work with children with an NDIS endorsement.
This new NDIS worker screening introduces a nationally consistent approach, setting a single national standard for all NDIS workers that can be used in all Australian states and territories.
This new application process had been incorporated into the current online registration to work with children. The application to work with children will automatically offer the option to apply for NDIS Worker Screening with no added registration fees.
I already have current registration to work with children. Do I need to apply for NDIS endorsement?
If you had a registration to work with children issued prior to 1 February 2021, your current registration is recognised until you renew it, or it expires. If you provide support and services to a person with a disability under the NDIS, when you renew your registration you must also apply for NDIS endorsement on your registration to work with children.
If you had a registration to work with children issued after 1 February 2021, and now provide support and services to a person with a disability under the NDIS, you will need to upgrade your registration to include the NDIS endorsement. You can apply to add the NDIS endorsement through My Registration.
How long is a child and adult related NDIS endorsement valid for?
From 1 February, all categories of registration granted under Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP) will be valid for five years. Existing registrations (which are currently valid for three years) will transition to the new five-year expiry cycle ONLY after the registration has been renewed and approved.
What happens after I apply?
After you have lodged your application (by showing your ID and paying the fee), your application will still not progress until your NDIS provider verifies you as an NDIS employee. Once verified, you will be assessed to work with children and to work for the NDIS. There are differences in what can be taken into consideration for your suitability to work in these categories.
What happens if I work for an NDIS self-managed participant?
If you are not a registered NDIS provider but work for an NDIS self-managed participant, you may be required to undergo a worker screening check.
To verify your employment with the NDIS, your self-managed participant will need to register themselves as your employer through the NDIS Worker Screening Database. Once they have registered themselves and your employment has been verified, you will be assessed to work with children and to work for the NDIS.
Further information regarding worker screening for self-managed participants and registering through the NDIS worker screening database is available through the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission website.
Are there times when I cannot apply, and what are exclusion and presumed exclusion offences?
If you have been refused an NDIS worker screening application or have had your NDIS registration cancelled in another state or territory, you cannot reapply for five years unless you can show that there has been significant and special changes in your circumstances.
If you have been convicted of an exclusion offence then you will be refused registration. If you are already registered, your registration will be cancelled. There is no right to appeal decisions over exclusion offences.
If you have been convicted of a presumed exclusion offence the Registrar will presume that your application will be refused. If you are already registered, your registration will be cancelled, unless you can show that 'exceptional circumstances’ exist. There is a right to appeal this decision if you do not agree.
What happens after I'm registered?
All categories of workers who are registered with RWVP are subject to ‘ongoing monitoring’. This means the Registrar can re-assess your registration if they believe new information about you is relevant to your suitability to have a registration.
In Tasmania, the Registrar receives daily reports from Tasmania Police as well as Child Safety Services. Other individuals and agencies are obliged to report to the Registrar if they become aware of allegations or behaviours indicating a worker may be unsuitable to work in the capacity for which they applied.
If a person has a complaint about your work with NDIS, they can complain to the NDIS Commission who will consider the complaint against their NDIS Code of Conduct. The NDIS Commission will let us know if the complaint is serious.
What are the current fees for registration?
The current fee schedule is available. An RWVP registration with an NDIS Worker Screening Check is valid for five years.
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