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Child-related employment

Child-related employment screening checks assess whether a potential employee or volunteer could pose a risk to the safety of children, based on their criminal history and child protection information. These checks are valid for three years and are continuously monitored.

From 1 July 2019, a new Working with Children Check replaced the child-related employment screening.

A child-related employment screening check will be recognised as a working with Children Check until it expires. Then, you must apply for a Working with Children Check.

Employees and volunteers working with children in the following service areas need a child-related employment screening check:

  • health
  • child and family welfare
  • education
  • sporting or recreational
  • religious or spiritual instruction
  • child care and child protection
  • cultural
  • entertainment
  • residential.

A range of information is assessed to work or volunteer with children. If there are any relevant offences, the Screening Unit will also consider:

  • the nature of and circumstances surrounding the offence
  • the presence of a pattern of offending (if any)
  • time elapsed since the offence was committed
  • severity of a court-imposed penalty
  • offender’s age at the time of the offence
  • the age and vulnerability of the victim
  • the offender’s relationship to the victim and their age difference
  • whether a child played a part in committing the offence (either directly or indirectly)
  • relevance of the offence to the individual’s work or volunteer role
  • the offender's conduct since the offence.

A child-related employment screening check from the Department of Human Services Screening Unit is valid for three years and is continuously monitored to ensure an individual’s clearance remains up-to-date.

From 1 July 2019, a new working with children check replaces the child-related employment screening. A child-related employment screening check will be recognised as a working with children check until it expires.

Before 1 July 2019, you can still apply for a child-related employment screening check.


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