Department of Communities and Social Inclusion

Screening and background checks

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Organisations and Employers

You must register as an organisation to access the Organisation Portal.

Register My Organisation (Organisation / Sole Trader use only)

Once you have registered, log in below to:
  • Initiate an application on behalf of an employee
  • Check the progress of an application
  • Check the validity of a clearance
  • Register or un-register an interest in an individual who has a Working with Children Check.
You can also check the progress of an application here.   A description of each status type is provided in our Screening Application Status (PDF) document.

Applicants

Applicants can initiate a check independent of an organisation here.

If an organisation has initiated your application, and you have activated your account, you can log in above to complete your application.

You can check the progress of your application here. A description of each status type is provided in our Screening Application Status  (PDF) document.

For more information about screening in South Australia, please visit the DCSI Screening Unit website.

Working with Children Check

South Australia has introduced stronger, more effective, and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children. The new laws mean that, from 1 July 2019, everyone working or volunteering with children must have valid child-related screening.

The new working with children check (WWCC) introduced from 1 July 2019 replaces the current system, where people can have either a Department of Human Services (DHS) child-related employment screening, or a National Police Certificate assessed by their employer/volunteer-involving organisation.

Changes include:
  • WWCCs replace all other types of child-related employment screening checks.
  • People can apply for their own WWCC, to help them be job-ready
  • Organisations can no longer use National Police Certificates for people working or volunteering with children. Only the South Australian Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening Unit can do a WWCC.
  • A WWCC is valid for five years and is portable across organisations and roles in South Australia. 
There are transitional arrangements to make it easier for people to move to the new scheme:
 
  • All current, valid DHS/DCSI child-related employment screening clearances will be recognized as WWCCs under the law, until they expire.
  • Certain industries will have staggered entry times to the new scheme, to help them transition smoothly.
  • National Police Certificates assessed by organisations are valid for working with children until 1 July 2020.

For most people working or volunteering with children, the transitional arrangements mean they don't need to do anything to be ready for the new laws starting on 1st July 2019.

Organisations are also encouraged to download the 'Working with Children Check Information Kit' from the Screening Unit's Website, which will help them promote the changes to their volunteers or employees.

For more information, visit screening.sa.gov.au/wwcc