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Does your club provide services or activities for children?

28 May 2019

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:

  • A valid, current DCSI/DHS child-related employment screening conducted prior to 1 July.  These will be recognised until their expiry.
  • 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.
  • A WWCC issued from 1 July 2019.

Key features of the new law include:

  • Only the Department of Human Services (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 three years.
  • A WWCC will be portable across jobs and organisations, anywhere in South Australia.

Members of sport and recreation organisations are encouraged to familiarise themselves with information available on the DHS website.

DHS has commenced a public promotion and education campaign.  Organisations may wish to utilise the promotional material within their own setting.

Queries should be directed to the DHS Screening Unit on 1300 321 592.

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