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New NDIS worker screening to start from 1 February 2021

From 1 February 2021, Queensland will start nationally consistent worker screening for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The new NDIS worker screening checks are part of national reforms to improve the safety and quality of services being delivered to NDIS participants.

An NDIS worker screening clearance will be valid for five years rather than the current three year validity period. Application fees will be as follows:

  • NDIS worker screening application for paid workers: $117
  • Joint NDIS worker screening application and blue card application for paid workers: $127
  • Volunteer application: Free.

This means on an annual basis the cost for the new five year card will be cheaper than the current three year yellow card.

From 1 February 2021, new employees of NDIS registered providers in risk assessed roles, including sole traders, will need to apply for an NDIS worker screening clearance.

Information on the current screening arrangements can be found at Worker screening NDIS providers or Worker screening. Existing yellow card and yellow card exemption holders can continue to work for registered NDIS providers until their card expires or is cancelled.

To find out more about the upcoming changes, please refer to our fact sheet (PDF, 200 KB).

If you have any questions about the transition to NDIS worker screening, please email qlddisabilityworkerscreening@communities.qld.gov.au.

Bill passed to establish NDIS worker screening in Queensland

On 4 December 2020, a new law was passed by the Queensland Parliament to join nationally-consistent worker screening for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The law also establishes a similar state-based system for disability workers outside the NDIS.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner has extended the current transitional arrangements for worker screening until 1 February 2021. Queensland is working towards commencement of NDIS worker screening by early 2021.

The Bill will commence by proclamation which means that the commencement date will be confirmed once formally approved.

From commencement, new employees of NDIS registered providers, including sole traders, will need to apply for a clearance at the Worker screening website.

Current screening arrangements will remain in place until then. Information on the current screening arrangements can be found at Worker screening NDIS providers or Worker screening website. Existing yellow card holders are able to continue to work for registered NDIS providers until their card expires or is cancelled.

To find out more about the upcoming changes, please refer to our fact sheet (PDF, 200 KB).

The Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships will keep stakeholders informed in the lead up to the commencement of NDIS worker screening. Updates will continue to be regularly provided via the ‘Latest News’ link on the worker screening website.

No Card No Start rules for new Blue Card Applicants

The Queensland Government has introduced new laws to implement ‘No Card, No Start’ requirements to the Blue Card system. The new arrangements commence on 31 August 2020.

This means all persons working with children will need a Blue Card before they can start child-related work.

Yellow Card arrangements for working with adults with disability have not changed. People who need a Yellow Card can still start paid work with adults with disability once they have applied for a Yellow Card.

For further information please see Fact sheet (PDF, 171 KB) Fact sheet (DOCX, 87 KB)

  • About criminal history screening

    Worker screening requirements in Queensland for funded providers and NDIS registered providers, including sole traders.

  • Forms

    Employers and sole traders can now register for the Yellow Card Online portal. The portal is an easy and efficient way to lodge applications online - no paper forms required (although they are still available).

Expansion of disqualifying and serious offences

The range of disqualifying and serious offences has been expanded and there is a new framework for dealing with charges and convictions for a serious offence. More information on the new framework is available in the Disability Services Act 2006.

NDIS worker screening requirements 

Under NDIS quality and safeguards, NDIS registered providers and sole traders need to consider a wider range of roles and jobs that may require worker screening. It's important that NDIS providers understand how to assess which roles and jobs require screening. More information is available on the NDIS Commission website.

Anyone already working in a role or job that now requires worker screening, can continue but must lodge an application for a Yellow Card by the end of October 2019.