The NDIS has decided to create a new screening process for those working with participants. Since there have previously been a range of methods used to screen care workers over the years, many people may wonder why a new system is necessary. The reason, in essence, is because the old system was fragmented and didn’t work very well, resulting in people with disability experiencing poor care and even abuse from workers who had been screened.
The old system allowed screening to be carried out by agencies, government bodies and even employers. This caused variable outcomes, especially because police could not, for security and privacy reasons, provide information to agencies and employers. As a result, only government bodies had full details and so could identify potential risks for employers.