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Stronger disability worker checks bring improvements for Queenslanders

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The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed new nationally consistent workers screening to provide stronger safeguards for around 90,000 Queenslanders with disability receiving National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Minister for Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford said the new worker screening checks formed part of national reforms to improve the safety and quality of services delivered through the NDIS.

“From today, clearances and exclusions will be recognised across all states and territories, including Queensland,” Mr Crawford said.

“Thorough and nationally consistent safeguards applied to those working with people with disability will help ensure our Queenslanders with disability are supported to achieve their full potential with their human rights respected.

“The Palaszczuk Government invests more than $2 billion annually in the NDIS and recognises people with disability have the right to live their lives free from abuse, violence, neglect or exploitation,” he said.

Mr Crawford said resources were available to help Queenslanders understand the new system.

“Its important for all NDIS providers and workers to understand their obligations under the new worker screening system, including whether they need a clearance,” he said.

“For example, new employees of NDIS registered providers, including sole traders, will need to have an NDIS worker screening clearance before they commence work. Existing employees who hold a current Yellow Card can continue working and will transition when their renewal falls due or if there is a change in their criminal history.”

A streamlined online worker screening process and detailed user guides have been developed by the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships.

For information, go to workerscreening.communities.qld.gov.au.

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