The Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (the scheme) is a Victorian Government initiative designed to further protect the safety and wellbeing of Victorians with disability who access disability services.
As of 1 November 2017, the scheme requires all disability service providers (government and non-government), including NDIS providers that are registered under the Disability Act, to conduct an additional pre-employment check prior to making an offer of employment to a potential employee.
This safeguard strengthens existing pre-employment screening processes to better protect people with disability who access disability services.
The scheme operates according to the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Instruction, October 2017 (see 'Related resources'). The DWES Instruction provides authority for the scheme and describes the obligations of disability service providers and authorised labour hire agencies.
The DWES Portal
This portal allows organisations to:
- Log in and lodge checks and notifications
- View results
- Track the status of matters.
Access to the DWES portal is limited to authorised persons nominated by each service provider:
Instructions for using the DWES Portal are available in the user guide for service providers see, Related resources.
To get access
To appoint a new authorised person, please complete the Authorised Persons Nomination form (see 'Related resources') and email it to the DWES Unit.
Note: If you would like to remove an authorised person, please contact the DWES unit.