The State Government has secured a range of legislative changes in parliament to strengthen its screening laws, including transitional arrangements for a new working with children check (WWCC) effective from 1 July 2019.
The amendments also cement free volunteer screening checks for all South Australians into the law – an initiative that was introduced in November 2018.
Everyone working or volunteering with children must have a valid child-related clearance from 1 July 2019.
Anyone holding a valid screening or registration issued prior to 2019 will be able to continue to use it until it expires, as the legislation provides for orderly transition to the new system.
The amendments to transitional periods mean that for the majority of South Australians there will be an extended period of time to comply with the new check. For example, a current national police check will be valid until 1 July 2020.
At the end of these transitional periods, everyone must, by law, have a new working with children check. This will simplify the screening process, making it more transparent for people working or volunteering with children.
This applies to everyone who works with children, for example:
The Department of Human Services will begin an extensive education campaign to reach the various groups impacted by the changes to ensure they’re aware of their obligations and transitional timeframes.
For more information on whether you need a new working with children check and when to apply, visit the working with children checks page.