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Screening Unit

Fees and payments

The state government determines the cost of government services, including Screening Unit checks, each financial year.

Volunteers

Checks used only for volunteering are free.

You may need to pay a fee if you are a volunteer undertaking paid employment.

Foster Carers

Foster carers can get a free Working with Children Check.

Students

Secondary students on work experience can get a free Working with Children Check.

Tertiary students pay a single fee of $64.35, no matter how many checks are needed, if:

  • they are on official placements connected to their studies, and
  • the applications are submitted at the same time.

Employees

Type of check

Fee

Working with Children check

$117.70 inc GST

NDIS worker check

$117.70 inc GST

Aged care sector check

$97.90 inc GST

Vulnerable person-related employment check

$97.90 inc GST

General employment probity check

$97.90 inc GST

All fees are shown in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable throughout Australia and all its Territories.

Volunteers undertaking paid employment

Working with Children Check

If you have a volunteer Working with Children Check and then move into paid employment with children, you must get a new Working with Children Check and pay a fee.

You only need a new check if the paid work with children is for more than seven days a year.

For more information go to the Working with Children Check page.

The fee is 117.70 inc GST.

NDIS Worker Check

If you have a volunteer NDIS worker check and then move into paid employment, you must pay a fee based on the time that is left to expire on your check.

You can ask to change your check from volunteer to paid employment.

Email DHSScreeningUnit@sa.gov.au

Fees for volunteers undertaking paid employment

Fee payable where volunteer undertakes paid NDIS employmentFee
Where the clearance will remain in force for 12 months or less $23.55 inc GST
Where the clearance will remain in force for more than 12 months but not more than 2 years $47.05 inc GST
Where the clearance will remain in force for more than 2 years but not more than 3 years $70.40 inc GST
Where the clearance will remain in force for more than 3 years but not more than 4 years $94.05 inc GST
Where the clearance will remain in force for more than 4 years but not more than 5 years $117.70 inc GST

All fees are shown in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable throughout Australia and all its Territories.

Definitions

Employees

Includes permanent, temporary and casual staff, as well as any external service provider commissioned to carry out work as a contractor/subcontractor to the agency.

Students

Tertiary students on official placements connected to their studies.

Volunteers

People who do or intend to perform tasks for which screening clearance is required, without monetary reward or any other form of remuneration.

If you need more than one type of check

Employees

You must pay the fee for each type of check needed.

Students

Tertiary students on official placements connected to their studies pay a single fee no matter how many checks are needed, as long as the applications are submitted at the same time.

Volunteers

You do not pay a fee, no matter how many checks are needed.

How to Pay

Checks can be paid for by the individual needing a check, or the organisation they are working for.

The Screening Unit does not accept cash.

You can pay online with a VISA or MasterCard credit card, or a pre-paid credit card. You can print a receipt once your payment is confirmed.

Organisations doing large numbers of applications, for example, more than 100 per year, can pay via 30-day invoice if they have an account with the Department of Human Services. To find out about the conditions and to register as an account customer, email the Screening Unit finance team.

It is up to the organisation to decide who pays for a check. When an organisation starts an online application, they must choose an option for the ‘application fees to be paid by’ field. If you aren’t sure who is paying for your check, please ask your organisation.

Refunds

There are no refunds once the Screening Unit has started processing an application, even if you cancel the application.

Tax deductions

If you have to pay for a check as part of your paid employment, you may be able to claim it as a deduction on your tax return. Find out more from the Australian Tax Office.


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