Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Strengthening safeguards

Criminal history screening

People with a disability can be more vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation than other members of the community. A high priority for the department is to increase the safety of people with a disability when they are accessing funded services.

The Disability Services Act 2006 introduced criminal history screening for all people engaged by funded non-government service providers. The Act makes it unlawful for a person to work or volunteer for a funded non-government service provider at a service outlet (place where disability service is provided) without an application being made for a criminal history check.

Under the Act, all workers and volunteers must undergo criminal history screening every three years. People working in funded non-government service providers will be issued with a positive notice card that verifies they have had a criminal history screening within the past three years.

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