You can use your current, valid DHS/DCSI child-related employment screening until it expires. When it is time to renew, you must apply for a 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 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 apply for a Working with Children Check. 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.
Emergency services workers (such as SAMFS, SASES, SACFS and SAAS) have until 1 July 2022 to get a Working with Children Check.
According to the law, from 1 July 2019 it is an offence:
Offences carry fines of up to $120,000 and/or prison sentences.
If you are working alongside, or supervising, a child in a workplace where the work is not child-related, you may not need a Working with Children Check.
If an adult works alongside or supervises a child (for example, a 16-year-old) at a local fast food outlet or supermarket, the adult will not require a Working with Children Check, because working at a fast food outlet or a supermarket is not child-related work.
If an adult works alongside or supervises a child (for example, a 16-year-old) at a local childcare centre or a crèche at a local gym, the adult will require a Working with Children Check, because working at a childcare centre or crèche is child-related work.
You will not need a Working with Children Check if:
However, your school may still require that parents or guardians obtain a Working with Children Check. Check with your school.
If the job involves child-related work, and the person doing work experience is over the age of 14 or is working with children for more than seven days in a calendar year, they will need a Working with Children Check.
Secondary students doing work experience as part of their study can apply for a free Working with Children Check, as used by volunteers.
Tertiary students may be eligible for a discounted rate – see fees and payments for more information.
Your organisations paid employees or volunteers may require a Working with Children Check if they work in a prescribed position.
An employer must no employ, or continue to employ, a person to a prescribed position unless both:
Employers who do not comply with these requirements are guilty of an offence.
A day of work is any shift, no matter how long, that starts on a calendar day. For example, a shift from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm is one day of work.
If a single shift crosses midnight, it will be treated as only one day. For example, a shift from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am the following morning is one day of work.