Stronger, nationally consistent screening laws for people wanting to work or volunteer with children in South Australia start on 1 July 2019.
The new laws require people working or volunteering with children to have a valid working with children check (WWCC), replacing the current system where people can have either national police check assessment done by an employer, or a DHS screening.
From 1 July 2019, a WWCC can only be issued by the DHS Screening Unit.
A valid WWCC is transferable between different jobs or volunteer positions and lasts for five years. Continuous monitoring will remain in place for WWCCs, which will be re-assessed as new information becomes available. If a re-assessment results in a person being prohibited from working with children, both the person and their employer will be notified.
If you have a current, valid DCSI/DHS screening clearance for child-related employment, it will be recognised under the new laws until it expires. You do not need to do anything until it is time to renew your current check.
If you need a WWCC for the first time (for example, teachers, emergency service workers and health professionals), you will have time to transition into the scheme. For most people, this means that no immediate action will be required.
The Screening Unit will be working closely with communities, registration bodies and industry groups to provide more detailed information about individual circumstances, and what the new laws mean for them.
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