Cycling Australia

Changes to SA Child-Related Employment and Volunteer Screening

15Jun2019

Cycling SA would like to advise of the following changes occurring regarding working with children clearances in SA.

From 1 July 2019, South Australia’s child-related employment and volunteer screening will be replaced with a new Working With Children Check (WWCC), as legislated under the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016. The introduction of the new legislation is being led by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

From 1 July 2019 all employees and volunteers working with children must have a valid child-related clearance.  This means:

o   A valid, current DCSI/DHS child-related employment screening conducted prior to 1 July.  These will be recognised until their expiry; or

o   A current National Police Certificate assessed by a responsible authority.  These will be recognised for 12 months, NPC holders must have a WWCC by 1 July 2020; or

o   A WWCC issued from 1 July 2019.

The key features of the new law include:

·            Only the DHS Screening Unit can conduct and issue a WWCC.

·            Individuals will be able to apply for a WWCC from 1 July 2019.

·            WWCC are valid for 5 years instead of the current 3 years.

·            A WWCC will be portable across jobs and organisations, anywhere in South Australia.

Please direct any queries to the DHS Screening Unit on 1300 321 592, or see the website: https://screening.sa.gov.au/types-of-check/new-working-with-children-checks