Introduction

The Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria (the Board) will regulate disability workers and students who are registered under the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme. The Board is responsible for registering disability workers and for setting the standards for registration.

Please review the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme proposed registration standards consultation paper prior to providing your responses as these questions relate to the consultation paper. Please remember to also complete the survey about the related proposed regulations, consultation paper, which includes code of conduct for unregistered workers.

About you

Please note, the following demographic questions are voluntary. The information will be used to ensure a broad range of stakeholders have been consulted about the disability worker registration standards.

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2. Which of the following best describes you:
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4. Age group:

Proposed registration standards survey

Professional indemnity insurance arrangements

5. Choose to answer one or more of the questions below in providing your response:

  • What types of insurance are relevant to disability workers?
  • Is insurance provided by employers, unions, associations or individual workers?
  • Which workers are unlikely to have insurance arrangements in place?
  • How important is insurance cover, and what type and level of cover is ideal?
  • How might insurance cover standards be different for practitioners and support workers?
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Criminal history

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Continuing professional development

7. Choose to answer one or more of the questions below in providing your response:

  • How many workers undertake professional development, and how do they pay for training?
  • Is 10 hours of continuing professional development per year enough to maintain or increase worker skills and knowledge? Are the time and costs of this amount reasonable?
  • What areas of professional development are desirable? What is an appropriate balance between maintaining skills and developing new skills?
  • What types of activities are suitable for professional development (such as online modules, in-house training, attendance at information sessions/seminars, formal training)?
  • Should common requirements such as maintaining currency in first aid and CPR be excluded from the 10 hours of continuous professional development?
  • How might the standard be different for practitioners and support workers?
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Language skills

8. Choose to answer one or more of the questions below in providing your response:

  • How necessary are English language skills to the safety of a disability service?
  • Is self-declared competency in speaking or communicating in English enough or should workers provide evidence their competency? What would be an effective and efficient way of assessing and proving competency?
  • Is self-declared competency in speaking or communicating in any other language(s) sufficient or should workers provide evidence?
  • How might an English language standard be different for practitioners and support workers?
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Nature, extent, period and recency of any previous practice experience

9. Choose to answer one or more of the questions below in providing your response:

  • Should workers be required to demonstrate a period of continuous practice? How long is enough?
  • Should workers be required to demonstrate recent practice? How recent should it be?
  • If a worker has a break from practice, how long is too long to demonstrate sufficient recency of practice?
  • How might a recency of practice standard be different for practitioners and support workers?
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Physical and mental health

10. Choose to answer one or more of the questions below in providing your response:

  • What types or level of physical and health impairment might pose a risk to a person with disability and/or the public?
  • What things should an applicant for registration and the Board consider in understanding what types of impairment may pose a risk to safety?
  • How might a mental and physical health standard be different for practitioners and support workers?
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Scope of practice

11. Choose to answer one or more of the questions below in providing your response:

  • Is there value in extending or limiting scope of practice by setting standards?
  • What areas could be defined with a scope of practice standard and how could competence be demonstrated?
  • How might scope of practice standards be different for practitioners and support workers?
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Other issues relevant to eligibility for registration or capacity to practise competently and safely

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Registration guidelines

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14. Choose to answer one or more of the questions below in providing your response:

  • Are there any areas of practice areas that warrant setting a registration guideline to provide direction to the workforce on accepted practice standards? And why?

Examples of some of these practice areas can be found under Registration Guidelines in the Registration Standards Consultation Paper.

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Do you have any additional feedback?

The Board welcomes your response about:

  • the kinds of information or material that would assist with communicating the registration standards to people with disability, their families, carers, disability workers and providers
  • any other aspects of the proposed registration standards and guidelines you would like to comment on
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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