Victoria’s Disability Worker Regulation Scheme (the scheme), established under the Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018 (the Act) creates a registration scheme for Victorian disability workers and a complaints and investigation function.
The Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria (the Board) will regulate disability workers and students who are registered with the Scheme. The Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner will regulate unregistered disability workers. Registration with the Scheme is voluntary.
The Board is responsible for registering disability workers and for setting the standards for registration. Registration standards are used by the Board to assess whether an individual is suitable for registration because they can demonstrate they can practise competently and safely.
A consultation paper seeks feedback on the registration standards proposed by the Board for the first registration period of the Scheme.
The Board may set registration standards in a number of areas, as set out in the consultation paper. These include:
- Professional indemnity insurance arrangements
- Criminal history
- Continuing professional development
- Language skills
- Nature, extent, period and recency of any previous practice experience
- Physical and mental health
- Scope of practice
- Any other areas relevant for registration or capacity to practise competently and safely.
For the initial registration period it proposed that Board set the following standards:
- Request details of insurance cover but not display this information on the register
- Set a standard about criminal history, consistent with the criteria for the NDIS worker screen
- Require workers to be competent in speaking or communicating in English and collect information about competency in languages other than English and display this information on the register
- Collect information about recency of practice but not display this information on the register
- Require applicants to declare any impairment that may detrimentally impact on their ability to safely deliver disability services but not display this information on the register
- Ask applicants to provide details of any relevant training or qualifications that extend their scope of practice but not display this information on the register.
We encourage you to have your say on the registration standards proposed by the Board on the Engage Victoria website.