New ‘Yellow Card’ disability worker screening process
From 1 February 2021, a new worker screening process commenced in Queensland for workers that provide supports and services to people with disability. It replaces the existing ‘yellow card’ screening.
In Queensland, under the new system, plan and self-managed NDIS participants can choose whether they require their non-registered workers to get a clearance. However, all workers employed through registered NDIS providers will be required to get a clearance.
Key changes under the new worker screening process include:
- “No card, no start” – meaning a worker cannot start working with people with disability until they get the clearance.
- It is the responsibility of the worker to apply and pay for the clearance. This is in comparison with the old yellow card process, which required the employer to apply and pay for the clearance.
QDN, in partnership with ADA Australia, ATSIDNQ, and CRU, will be hosting an online forum on 18 February 2021 about how these changes will impact NDIS participants who self-manage and plan-manage. To find out more and register for the event at: qldworkerscreening.eventbrite.com.au
You can find more information on the new worker screening clearance here: workerscreening.communities.qld.gov.au