Screening requirements for the aged care workforce

If you want to work in a paid or volunteer aged care role, you must get a screening clearance before you can provide care. This protects the health, safety and wellbeing of people accessing aged care.

About screening clearances

A screening clearance checks a person’s criminal and work history to ensure they are suitable to work in an aged care setting. 

Types of screening

There are 2 screening options for the aged care workforce, depending on your role and whether your employer is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider.

Police check and certificate

A police check looks into a person’s criminal history. A police certificate is a report of a person’s criminal history. 

The 2 terms are interchangeable in aged care.

NDIS Worker Screening Check

NDIS Worker Screening Checks are recognised in aged care. They check your:

  • national criminal history
  • relevant reportable incidents
  • relevant disciplinary proceedings or complaints.

You must have this clearance if you work or want to work in:

  • a risk-assessed role with people with disability
  • an aged care setting that supports NDIS participants.

We are working towards a nationally consistent worker screening model.

Screening requirements

Your screening requirements vary depending on your role.  

Screening requirements for NDIS registered providers

Type of role

Screening requirement

New or ongoing staff who will work with NDIS participants

NDIS Worker Screening Check

New or ongoing staff who will not work with NDIS participants

Police certificate

Screening requirements for non-NDIS registered providers

Type of role

Screening requirement

New or ongoing staff member who will not work with NDIS participants

Police certificate

New or ongoing staff member who previously worked with NDIS participants

Police certificate

Aged care providers recognise NDIS Worker Screening Checks that are less than 5 years old.

Future of screening clearances

We are working to apply the NDIS screening system to risk-assessed roles in aged care. It considers more information than a police check, and will:

  • create a national approach that better protects older people
  • cut red tape for providers and workers
  • make it easier for workers to move between employers in the disability and aged care sectors
  • enable the ongoing monitoring of workers
  • prevent unsuitable workers from providing care to older people.

Consultation

There was strong support for a national system, as offered by the NDIS screening system, in our extensive stakeholder consultation with:

  • people accessing aged care
  • aged care workers
  • aged care providers
  • unions
  • professional bodies and peaks
  • governments.

Next steps

We need new legislation at the Australian Government and state or territory level before this change can happen.

Aged care providers and workers do not need to do anything to prepare for the new screening model yet.

Resources 

For more information, see:

Date last updated:

Help us improve health.gov.au

If you would like a response please use the enquiries form instead.