Overview

The Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018 (the Act) establishes the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme from 1 July 2020.

The Act:

  • creates a voluntary registration scheme for disability workers, commencing 1 July 2021
  • provides a way to make a complaint about any disability worker in Victoria
  • requires all unregistered disability workers to comply with a code of conduct
  • creates the Victorian Disability Worker Commission, the Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner and the Disability Worker Registration Board as regulators of the scheme.

The Scheme is designed to protect vulnerable people from harm and neglect by stopping people who pose a serious risk of harm from providing disability services.

The Victorian Government asked for public and stakeholder input to inform the Scheme from December 2019 to February 2020.

The feedback has helped the Victorian Government to understand stakeholder views on the impacts and benefits of the regulations.

Thank you for your contribution. Your input has shaped the regulations for Victorian disability workforce.

Summary of consultation outcomes

Twenty-two survey responses and 28 submissions were received during the consultation period.

Key stakeholders who gave feedback included: 

  • people with disability and their family members
  • carers of people with disability
  • disability workers
  • service providers  and employers, both NDIS and non-NDIS
  • peak bodies
  • professional bodies
  • advocacy groups 
  • unions 
  • Victorian and  national regulators
  • other Victorian and national government agencies.

All feedback has been carefully considered.

The majority of stakeholders support the proposed regulations in the consultation paper.

Stakeholders support the adoption of the NDIS Code of Conduct as the code of conduct that Victorian unregistered disability workers must comply with.

This will align with national NDIS requirements and protections. There will also be no reduction in protections for Victorians.

The regulations also enable information sharing with other regulators, and other administrative supports for the Scheme.

Stakeholders also agreed with aligning prescribed offences for the scheme with the NDIS worker screening offences, once these are settled.

Other  feedback  received will also  help the Victorian Disability Worker Commission to understand the needs of disability workers  and people with disability  as the Scheme commences.

Read the summary of consultation outcomes

Please contact us at dwrsconsultations@dhhs.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 650 172 if you need help to access the consultation summary.

Read the consultation papers

Collection statement

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. The department collects and handles personal information in this consultation on proposed disability worker regulation scheme regulations and standards for the purposes of asking consultation participants to answer survey questions and/or provide written submissions about the consultation. All submissions are voluntary and you are free not to submit some or all of the information we ask for.

When you make your submission you can choose to provide your name and contact details (but you do not need to do so, and can make an anonymous submission). The department may use these details to identify your submission, discuss it with you, and to enable you to access it or make a correction. In order to collect consultation feedback on the proposed regulations and standards, the department may share your personal information with external parties such as the Disability Worker Commission. All submissions may be subject to Freedom of Information and other laws.

The department will not publish your contact details. Those details will only be used for this consultation. The department will take reasonable steps to remove personally identifying information from submissions before it publishes any of their contents, and the department will always remove contact information such as email or address details before publishing any part of a submission.

For more information on the department's privacy collection, please refer to the department's privacy policy, available on our website at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/publications/privacy-p...

You may access your information that you provide to the department, but this will not be possible if your submission is anonymous. The department can be contacted on 1300 650 172 or you may contact the department's FOI unit at FOI@dhhs.vic.gov.au