In the lead-up to the scheme commencing on 1 July 2020, a Victorian Disability Worker Code of Conduct for unregistered disability workers will be drafted, consulted on and ultimately approved by the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers.
Once the Minister has approved the Code of Conduct, it will be available here for reference.
The Code of Conduct will set out the minimum expectations for the conduct of disability workers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people with disability who receive disability services. It will apply to all unregistered disability workers in Victoria and must be complied with. The Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner will have the power to prohibit unregistered disability workers from providing disability services if they are found to have breached the Code of Conduct, and the Commissioner is satisfied that it is necessary to avoid a serious risk to the life, health, safety or welfare of a person or the public.
The NDIS Code of Conduct
For those workers and service providers delivering NDIS support or services, including employees, contractors and volunteers, the NDIS Code of Conduct has been introduced. The Victorian Disability Worker Code of Conduct, when developed, will have significant alignment with the NDIS Code of Conduct.
Guidelines will be developed in early 2020 to help Victorian disability workers and students understand their obligations under the Act, the Code of Conduct and alignment with NDIS Code of Conduct requirements.