Victoria’s Disability Worker Regulation Scheme, established under the Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018, creates a registration scheme for disability workers and a complaints and investigation function. The scheme will also provide stronger protection from unsafe disability workers who are unregistered – these workers will be required to comply with a Code of Conduct.
Registration with the scheme is voluntary. However, there are also powers to regulate unregistered workers through a complaints and investigation function. The scheme is designed to protect vulnerable people from harm and neglect by ensuring 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 shape regulations for unregistered workers and registration standards for registered workers, which start on 1 July 2020.
- 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 workers who choose to register with the scheme.
Have your say by completing an online survey at Engage Victoria or making a submission by 14 February 2020.
To find out more please visit the Engage Victoria consultation page.
For more information about the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme, please contact the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme Implementation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.