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Screening Unit

The DHS Screening Unit continues to operate during the COVID-19 response.

Screening Unit

Screening Unit checks are done online.

Individuals can apply for their own check.

Applications may be started by the organisation that needs someone to have a check. The Screening Unit will then email the individual, asking them to login to the system, confirm their identity, and complete and submit the application.

Sole-traders, contractors and self-employed people are considered organisations.

To apply online, your internet browser will need to meet certain security requirements — it must be compatible with TLS 1.1 or higher.

Screening clearance certificates

The Screening Unit no longer issues screening clearance certificates for any check.

Individuals will be notified of the outcome of a check by email.

Where an organisation has initiated an application on behalf of a person, the individual and the requesting organisation will be notified of the outcome of a check by email.

Individuals can check on the progress of their application.

If an individual has had a Working with Children Check, they can inspect their record.

Organisations can confirm whether a person has a valid check by logging on to their organisation portal and performing a person search.

Paper forms

Paper forms are only available for people who:

  • have no internet access
  • are recent arrivals to Australia (six weeks or less)
  • are legal minors.

If an organisation needs to apply for a check for someone who meets one of these conditions, they need to email and provide details about the individual’s circumstances.

Once the Screening Unit grants ‘exceptional circumstances’ status, they will send an application form to the organisation to give to the individual, who can submit their application and pay for their check at any Service SA centre by credit or debit card.

Due to the extra steps and postage times for paper applications, they usually take longer to process than online applications.

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