Changes to Safety screening policy effective 1 january

20 December 2021
Effective 1 January 2022, there will be changes to the Safety screening policy, which forms part of the Service Agreement requirements document for funded organisations. 

The Safety screening policy applies to all organisations that are funded to provide direct care services and particularly for those staff who provide client facing services.   

The aim of the policy is to minimise harm to vulnerable people and strengthen protections and safeguards by organisations conducting the safety screening checks prior to clients coming into contact with workers and volunteers.  

The Safety Screening policy forms part of  the Service Agreement Requirements which lists the standard policies and obligations for organisations funded by the Department of Health and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.  

The Safety screening policy will include the below changes:

  • New arrangements with the cessation of the Disability Worker Employment Scheme (DWES) on 31 December 2021
  • For registered NDIS providers, the department will accept an NDIS clearance as suitable safety screening for new staff 
  • For those organisations that are not registered NDIS providers, a police check is required for new staff 
  • Funded organisations are still required to check the Victorian Disability Worker Commission (VDWC) prohibition order list prior to employing new staff.

For further information refer to Safety screening policy for funded organisations and/or contact Service Agreement Strategy and Practice: sapolicy@dffh.vic.gov.au