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Hot Issues: NDIS
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.
QDN, in partnership with ADA Australia, ATSIDNQ, and CRU, hosted an online forum on 18 February 2021 about how these changes will impact NDIS participants who self-manage and plan-manage.
Fran Vicary, State Director (Queensland) NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, presented on the national approach to safety and quality and discussed how the NDIS Commission will work to improve the safety and quality of services delivered by NDIS providers.
Find out more here.
The NDIS Worker Screening Database is an important tool that enables providers and self-managed participants to stay informed about the screening status of workers providing NDIS supports and services. To request access to the NDIS Worker Screening Database, click here.
Michelle Bullen, Director, Safeguards, Disability Connect Queensland, presented on the Worker Screening Unit within the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships who manage the application process for workers and volunteers seeking a clearance to deliver disability supports and services in Queensland. This new system is being implement in an effort to create safe environments and improve the quality of services and supports being delivered to people with disability. Information can be found here.
You can download the presentation here.
We also heard from Peter and Leigh about what is important to them when it comes to quality and safeguards and self-managing their NDIS package. If you are a person with disability and want to discuss self-managing NDIS plans with peers, check out QDN’s self-management peer support group. People with disability are welcome to join this online group which meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. More details are available at Peer Support Groups – Queenslanders with Disability Network or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We developed a list of questions from the event, and you can find the answers here.
You can find an overview of QDN’s work on the introduction of independent assessments for the NDIS here: https://qdn.org.au/independentassessments/
- Independent review of the Operation of the NDIS Act 2013
15 October 2015
- National Disability Advocacy Framework
(Word Document) 23 July 2015
- Response to the application for DSAPT exemption by the Australasian Rail Association (ARA)
(Word Document) 13 July 2015
- Response to the Quality and Safeguarding Framework for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
(Word Document) 28 April 2015
- Response to the Framework for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building National Disability Insurance Scheme
(Word Document) 19 March 2015
- Response to NDIS Rules Consultation Paper
(PDF) February 2013
NDIS in Queensland
- Queensland Government Preparing for the NDIS
- Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services’ Participant Readiness Initiative.
- Queensland NDIS Events Calendar
- QDN’s NDIS Participant Readiness Work
NDIS in Australia
- National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
- National Disability Insurance Scheme
- NDIS eNewsletter
- Disability Care and Support – Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Includes NDIS
- NDIS – Quality and Safeguarding Framework (Consultation Closed but Discussion Paper and Reports Available)
- Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS
- Griffith University – NDIS Page
- Every Australian Counts campaign