Victorian Disability Worker Registration
Following the Disability Services Safeguards Act 2018 (Vic), the Victorian Disability Worker Commission has been established. They will be responsible for the voluntary registration of disability workers in Victoria under the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme from 1 July 2021 (Replacing the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme).
Their governance involves:
- A code of conduct for unregistered workers.
- Regulation of registered disability workers.
- In time they will regulate training courses (determine what they must contain, rather than producing the content specifically).
Please note: The Victorian Disability Worker Commission is separate to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and the check for Victorian disability workers is separate to the NDIS worker screening check (which is mandatory for registered providers).
Registering under the Victorian Disability Worker Commission
There are a range of checks involved:
- police check,
- English proficiency (self declaration)
- check on training/qualifications
- check there haven’t been any issues already identified by employers/bodies.
A worker must pass all of these aspects to pass and become a registered disability worker. A worker can’t use the NDIS worker screening check, as these are separate systems.
It is a voluntary check. It is free to undertake the check in the first year of operation. The application takes around 40 minutes to complete. During the second year of registration the worker must have logged 10 hours of relevant professional development.
There is a special symbol to indicate registered workers and there are two different titles for those who have passed the check:
Registered disability practitioner (have tertiary quals and relevant experience)
Registered disability worker (have cert III in disability or relevant field, or minimum 2 years professional experience).
Further information available online.