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New Act to screen workers – February 2021

People working with NDIS service providers must get a clearance check before they begin work if they are working in a 'risk assessed' role.

Monday 1 February 2021 at 12:00 am

From 1 February 2021, a person will not be able to start employment as an NDIS worker if they are in a 'risk assessed role' unless they have an NDIS clearance or is subject to a transitional arrangement. It is up to employers to ensure that all staff who need an assessment have one.

Workers who are currently employed have until 31 July 2021 to get an NDIS clearance unless they have a current working with children check (WWC) clearance. People with a current WWC permit 'clearance' do not need to get an NDIS clearance until their current WWC expires.

See Victorian Government—NDIS worker screening check (opens in a new window) .

The Worker Screening Act 2020 governs both people who work under the NDIS and also those working with children. As a consequence, the Working with Children Act 2005 has been repealed.

See Key changes to working with children checks.