Changes to NDIS worker screening clearances
Aged care legislation has been updated.
As of 16 June 2021, the legislation recognises National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) worker screening clearances.
This change makes it easier for aged care providers and workers (staff and volunteers) to support NDIS clients.
Aged care workers in a role with a registered NDIS provider must now have a valid NDIS worker screening clearance. A police certificate doesn't meet these requirements.
Previously, in some cases, workers needed a police certificate and an NDIS worker screening clearance.
For more information, including fact sheets, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care.
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) registration
As of 1 December 2020, providers supporting NDIS clients must be registered with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission).
Providers have the same responsibilities towards NDIS clients as other residents.
Providers are still subject to aged care regulation under the Aged Care Act 1997.
NDIS Commission assessments
Providers supporting NDIS clients in residential aged care must meet the requirements of:
The NDIS Commission assesses compliance against the NDIS Practice Standards. They have resources available to help providers understand the assessment processes.
To access these resources, visit the NDIS Commission.
Commission performance assessments
This regulatory change won't change our assessment approach under the Quality Standards. We'll continue to assess the quality of care and services provided to all aged care residents.