Overview

The Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018 (the Act) establishes the Disability Worker Regulation 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. Voluntary registration will ensure registered disability workers who care for people with disability have suitable skills, experience and qualifications to provide safe services and quality support.

The Victorian Government is seeking input from stakeholders to inform the development of standards and regulations for both registered and unregistered workers, which commence on 1 July 2020.

This consultation relates to the following two activities:

  • a Code of Conduct , prescribed offences and other regulations for unregistered disability workers setting expectations for the delivery of safe and ethical support and services.
  • registration standards and guidelines for registered disability workers who choose to register with the Scheme.

Consultation papers and surveys have been developed to help the Victorian Government have a good understanding of stakeholder views on the potential impacts, benefits and risks of each recommendation.

We welcome contributions from people with disability and their families, friends and carers, disability service providers and employers, peak bodies, advocates and education providers.

This consultation will close on 14 February 2020.

If you require assistance to access the consultation papers or make a submission, please contact us at dwrsconsultations@dhhs.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 650 172.

This consultation has now closed. Thank you for your contribution.

Read the consultation papers

How can you participate?

There are multiple ways to provide input on the proposed registration standards and regulations, including code of conduct.

Complete our surveys

Upload submission

Upload your submission and any supporting information below. Please refer to the consultation papers when providing your response.

Microsoft Word and PDF formats are accepted.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Email submission

Please email your submission to dwrsconsultations@dhhs.vic.gov.au

By post

You can post your submissions to:

Attention: Disability Worker Regulation Scheme Implementation

Department of Health and Human Services

50 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne, 3000

Victoria, Australia

If you require assistance to access the consultation papers or make a submission, please contact us at dwrsconsultations@dhhs.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 650 172.

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