If you have a current, valid DHS/DCSI child-related employment screening, you can keep using it until it expires. After 1 July 2019, you can apply for a new working with children check (up to six months before your current screening expires).
If you have a National Police Certificate assessed by your organisation and use it to work or volunteer with children, you have until 1 July 2020 to get a new working with children check. If you are a sole trader, working in partnership, contractor, or self-employed, a National Police Certificate is not a valid check for working with children. You can either apply for a DHS child-related employment screening before 1 July 2019 or wait until 1 July 2019 to apply for a new working with children check.
Emergency services workers (such as SAMFS, SASES, SACFS and SAAS) have until 1 July 2022 to get a new working with children check.
If you have a professional registration and work with children, you must get a new working with children check before you renew your current professional registration, or as your current child-related employment screening expires, whichever comes first. This includes:
Your options are:
While you are waiting for the DHS Screening Unit to complete your check and tell you the result, you are not legally allowed to work or volunteer with children.
Offences carry fines of up to $120,000 and/or prison sentences.
You also don’t need a working with children check if you’re employing or supervising people under 18 in a workplace, unless the work is child-related. See the main working with children checks page for more information on what constitutes child-related work.
People who are only playing on the same team as the person under 18 do not need a working with children check.
The Screening Unit will do a completely new risk assessment and issue a new outcome. The check will be valid for five years.
Before you start your application, check with your organisation if they are paying for the new check or if it is your responsibility.