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.
The department has amended its worker screening policies for the disability sector to facilitate surge capacity during COVID-19.
An Addendum to the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWES) Instruction and an Addendum to the Safety Screening Policy for registered NDIS providers operating in Victoria, have been released (see ‘Related resources’ below, and the Victorian NDIS website)
These addenda outline the conditions for registered providers to allow workers to commence work where the required worker screening checks have commenced but have not yet been completed.
The addenda do not alter the type of worker screening checks service providers are required to undertake for workers and require a risk management strategy to be put in place until the worker receives a clearance (such as working under direct supervision).
How does the scheme apply to disability service providers?
The scheme operates in accordance with the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWES) Instruction, October 2019 (see ‘Related resources’). The DWES Instruction outlines the authority for the scheme and describes the obligations of disability service providers in relation to pre-employment screening and notifications.
How does the scheme apply to registered NDIS providers?
The scheme operates in accordance with the Safety Screening Policy for registered NDIS providers operating in Victoria, October 2019. The Safety Screening Policy outlines the authority of the scheme as it applies to registered NDIS providers and the obligations of registered NDIS providers in relation to pre-employment screening and notification requirements.
For more information on the Safety Screening Policy, see NDIS worker screening on the NDIS Quality and Safeguards page of the Vic.gov.au website.
How does the scheme apply to providers that are both registered disability service providers and registered NDIS providers?
In relation to the pre-employment requirements, dual registered providers should comply with the Safety Screening Policy for registered NDIS providers operating in Victoria.
In relation to the scheme’s notification requirements, please refer to the document Reporting requirements for worker screening and incident reporting for dual registered providers (see ‘Related resources’).
The DWES Portal
Access to the DWES portal is limited to authorised persons nominated by each service provider. All existing authorised persons will continue to be authorised from 1 July 2019, unless a disability service provider or authorised labour hire agency advises the DWES Unit that an authorised person should be removed.
To appoint a new authorised person, please complete the Authorised Person Nomination form (see ‘Related resources’) and email it to the DWES Unit
The DWES portal allows organisations to:
- Log in and lodge checks and notifications
- View results
- Track the status of matters
Instructions for using the DWES Portal are available in the user guide for service providers (see ‘Related resources’).