The Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018 (Vic) (the Act), which sets out the powers and function of the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria, the Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner and the Commission, defines a 'disability worker' as a person who either:
- directly provides a disability service to a person with disability or
- supervises or manages another person who directly provides a disability service to a person with disability.
However, a disability worker does not include a family member who provides disability services and does not receive a fee or reward for those services or a person who voluntarily provides disability services, unless the person provides the disability services on behalf of an organisation or agency.
Disability services are defined broadly in the Act and must involve more than incidental contact with a person with disability. The service must be specifically provided to a person with disability for the principal purpose of caring for, treating, or supporting that person to manage the person's limitations to undertake:
- social or economic participation
- social interaction
- self-care or
- self-management activities.