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Screening Unit
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Screening Unit

How the process works

We get a national criminal history record from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and check the South Australian Child Protection database, using:

  • the person's name
  • previous names
  • date of birth
  • residential information.

If there is no name match in the ACIC database, it suggests the person has no relevant criminal history. ACIC responds to the Screening Unit with a ‘no disclosable court outcomes’ result.

If there are multiple name matches in the ACIC database, they will use extra information, such a previous addresses or legal names, to confirm or rule out potential matches.

Once ACIC confirms a name match, they forward the application to the relevant police jurisdiction to check, as legislation about the type of information that can be released varies between states. When ACIC gets the results back from the state police, they respond to the Screening Unit with any ‘disclosable court outcome(s)’.

Depending on the type of check being done, information in a disclosable court outcome may include:

  • charges
  • court convictions, including penalties and sentences
  • findings of guilt with no conviction
  • court appearances
  • good behaviour bonds or other court orders
  • matters awaiting court hearing.

Information the Screening Unit uses for different types of check

Type of check Working with Children NDIS workers Aged care sector Vulnerable person-related General employment probity Police check (provided by SA Police, not the Screening Unit)
Required by law? Yes Yes (Commonwealth) Yes (Commonwealth) No No No
Sources of information
  • Expanded National criminal history record check
  • South Australian government agencies related to care concerns and investigations
  • Applicant declarations
  • Expanded National criminal history record check
  • South Australian government agencies related to care concerns and investigations
  • Applicant declarations
  • National criminal history record check
  • Applicant declarations
  • National criminal history record check
  • Applicant declarations
  • National criminal history record check
  • Applicant declarations
  • National criminal history record check
Child protection information included? Yes Yes No No No No
Information assessed
  • National police apprehension reports
  • Court sentencing remarks
  • National convictions – withdrawn, spent, non-convictions
  • National charges – pending, withdrawn, dismissed, acquitted
  • Submissions from or interviews with the individual about relevant assessable information
  • National police apprehension reports
  • Court sentencing remarks
  • National convictions – withdrawn, spent, non-convictions
  • National charges – pending, withdrawn, dismissed, acquitted
  • Submissions from or interviews with the individual about relevant assessable information
  • National convictions – including South Australian spent convictions
  • Submissions from or interviews with the individual about relevant assessable information
  • National convictions – including South Australian spent convictions
  • Submissions from or interviews with the individual about relevant assessable information
  • National convictions – including certain types of spent convictions
  • Submissions from or interviews with the individual about relevant assessable information
  • National convictions – including certain types of spent convictions
Convictions likely to result in unsuccessful application
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault
  • Violence relating to a child
  • Child pornography
  • Child prostitution
  • Child neglect
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault
  • Serious violent offences
  • Child pornography
  • Neglect of a child or vulnerable person
  • Abduction or kidnapping offences
  • Bestiality and serious animal cruelty
  • Theft or fraud-related offences against a chlid or vulnerable person
  • Commercial drug supply offences
  • National security offences
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault
  • Assault resulting in a prison sentence
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault
  • Serious violent offences
  • Offences against a vulnerable person
Depends on the role Defined by the organisation

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Last updated:[02 Mar 2020 3:12pm]