Disability services employment screening assesses a person’s relevant history to determine whether they pose a risk of harm to the safety and wellbeing of people with a disability.
An organisation may require its employees, volunteers, agents or contractors to have a disability services sector screening. This is only a requirement if, in the course of their duties, they have:
Disability services employment screening can only be required if the organisation where the person will work or volunteer is:
The Screening Unit is the only screening unit with authorisation to undertake disability services employment screening assessments.
Disability services sector screening involves an assessment of the person's relevant history, including:
A screening clearance letter will be posted to people who have been cleared, confirming that they have been assessed as suitable for work in the disability services sector. The requesting organisation is informed by email.
If the Screening Unit uncovers any relevant history about the person being screened that may prevent them from being assessed as suitable for work in the sector, the Unit will write to that person. The person will have an opportunity to respond by providing relevant information that may affect the outcome of the assessment.
If it is assessed that the person poses a risk to people with disability, the organisation will be informed by email that the person is considered unsuitable for work in the disability sector.
Current service agreements specify that the organisation must not employ or engage a person who has been found unsuitable by the Screening Unit.
It should be noted that the final decision as to whether to engage a person for a particular role is the responsibility of the requesting organisation.
In some circumstances, more than one type of screening may be required.