The Disability Worker Regulation Scheme (the Scheme) was established by the Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018 (Vic), and involves the regulation of registered and unregistered disability workers in Victoria.
The Scheme applies to all disability workers in Victoria. It is administered by two independent, statutory bodies: the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria and the Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner, both supported by the Victorian Disability Worker Commission (the Commission). Registration will be voluntary for disability workers and the conduct of registered workers will be regulated. Unregistered workers are required to abide by a Code of Conduct.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has decided to delay the commencement of voluntary worker registration until 1 July 2021. The Board understands the COVID-19 pandemic has affected disability workers in different ways and is causing stress and uncertainty in the sector. Delaying registration by 12 months will allow time for the workforce to recover after the crisis before engaging with a new registration scheme.
The other components of the scheme commenced on 1 July 2020, including complaints and notifications about the conduct of disability workers, and the Code of Conduct. After that time, the Commission can receive complaints about any disability worker in Victoria.