NDIS Worker Screening Check
As of 1 February 2021, NDIS has introduced a new national NDIS Workers Screening Check. This check is in place for any staff that work in a “risk assessed” role with an NDIS Provider and is valid for five years. It will replace the need for us to conduct Disability Workers Exclusion Scheme checks, police checks and Working with Children checks through different sources. OC Connections staff and volunteers will be required to have both an NDIS clearance and a WWC clearance.
The NDIS Worker Screening may take anywhere from 3 – 12 weeks for clearance with this new system.
Staff employed on or after 1 February 2021 are required to get an NDIS Clearance before they can start work in a risk assessed role for a registered NDIS provider.
What does this mean for OCC recruitment?
As of 1 February, 2021 ALL new recruits will need to undergo the NDIS Worker Screening process, if they have not done so in their previous role.
Once an interview and reference checks have been conducted and the hiring manager has made the decision to proceed to pre-employment checks, our People, Learning and Culture (PLC) team will send an email to the candidate with information on completing pre-employment screening (as currently occurs) requesting the following:
- Completion of NDIS Worker Screening application (including WWC check) – up to three-week timeframe
- Provide/ apply for WWC
- Complete all other current training online modules- NDIS, Child Safe, Infection Control
PLC will also contact the candidate via phone to advise of the process and ensure that they are happy to undergo the screening process, costs associated with the screening, and time frames for clearance.
Victoria has a ‘no clearance, no start’ approach and therefore employment cannot commence until until all checks have come back as “cleared”.
You can find out more about the NDIS Worker Screening Check here