Register as a disabled worker to support a stronger and safer disabled workforce

A campaign has been launched to encourage disabled workers to register as disabled workers. PHOTOS: PROVIDED

The Victorian Disability Worker Commission has launched a campaign encouraging disabled workers to register to show people with disabilities that they have the skills to provide quality services.

The cases of abuse and neglect in the sector currently being heard by the Royal Commission demonstrate how vital it is for people with disabilities to be confident that their worker is safe, competent and professional.

Victoria is leading the way in providing better safeguards for the sector and is the only state in Australia to have a worker registration system in place, introduced in July last year.

Registered disabled workers have been deemed suitable by the independent Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria.

The assessment provides additional checks to the NDIS worker’s criminal background check, by assessing a worker’s skills and experience and their commitment to undertaking ongoing professional development.

Melanie Eagle, chair of the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria, said disabled workers do crucial work with some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Registration acknowledges this and recognizes workers for the important work they do.

“We know that workers with disabilities are passionate and proud of their work. There is enormous trust between a worker and a person with a disability, so knowing from the outset that a worker is being assessed appropriately provides a great deal of trust.

“Everyday Disabled Workers provide a variety of services to people with disabilities, ranging from high-level 24-hour personal care to ad-hoc support as needed.

“Workers who sign up not only give confidence to people with disabilities, their families and carers, but show they want to be part of the change in the sector to ensure the right people are working with our loved ones,” Ms. Eagle said.

Employers choosing registered disabled workers also have the benefit of saving time, money and paperwork, as checks are carried out by the Victorian Disability Worker Commission.

Disabled workers can go online to find out more and register at vdwc.vic.gov.au/registration. Registration is currently free and a worker’s skills, experience and background are all considered.

Applications are now open for the second year of registration which runs from October 1 to September 30. Inquiries can also be made by calling 1800 497 132 between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Michael A. Bynum