On 20 March 2018, the Queensland Government introduced the Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening) Amendment Bill 2018 (QLD) (‘the Bill’) into Parliament. The Bill is for the purpose of leading the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (‘NDIS’) by providing for criminal history information sharing for the purposes of the NDIS, and inserting provisions related to the screening of sole traders of disability services.
On 9 December 2016, the Council of Australian Governments agreed to implement the NDIS Framework across their jurisdictions. Under this framework, all the participating governments agreed to implement a nationally consistent approach to worker screening, which would include the assessment of an expanded range of criminal history information.
The main objective of the Bill is to enable Queensland to exchange expanded criminal history information with worker screening units in other jurisdictions for the purposes of NDIS worker screening. The Bill makes the following amendments:
Ms Coralee O’Rourke, Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors, stated in her second reading speech:
On the provisions relating to screening requirements for sole traders of disability services providers, Ms O’ Rourke said:
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Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening) Amendment Bill 2018 (QLD) and associated explanatory speech and explanatory notes, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
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