Next Steps For New Disability Registration Scheme

The Andrews Labor Government is seeking feedback on what a new registration and accreditation scheme designed to protect people with disabilities will look like.

The new scheme will protect vulnerable people from harm, and support the development and growth of a quality disability workforce by making sure workers who care for people with a disability have the right skills, experience and qualifications.

A consultation paper has been today released for community feedback. The paper has been created with input from people with disabilities, unions and peak disability bodies. It encourages feedback on who the scheme should apply to, how it could be implemented and how it should operate.

Forums will also take place across the state from 4 October for people to have their say.

The Labor Government understands that quality of services and safety for both people with disabilities and staff are vital.

As part of our ‘zero tolerance’ approach to the abuse of people with disability, the registration and accreditation scheme will complement the new national Quality and Safeguarding Framework.

The scheme is also a way to build on the professional standards for the workforce, making it a desirable career.

Further information about the registration and accreditation scheme is available at vic.gov.au/ndis

To participate in the consultation or to register your interest in attending a consultation forum, visit engage.vic.gov.au/registrationandaccreditation

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“Making sure our disability workers are appropriately registered and qualified is an important step in giving Victorians with a disability the quality services and safety they deserve.”

“Victoria has always been a leader in disability support, and developing a legislated registration and accreditation scheme is vital in making our disability workforce the best it can be.”

Quotes attributable to Project Advisory Group Chair Professor David Hayward

“Feedback received via the paper will help to inform the design of the scheme, and I encourage anyone interested to provide feedback on the scheme throughout the consultation process.”