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New working with children checks for schools

3 September 2019

From 1 July 2019, people working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a valid child-related clearance.

Teaching and non-teaching staff who have a current, valid DHS/DCSI child-related employment screening will be able to keep using it until it expires. 

Non-teaching staff who have a National Police Certificate assessed by their organisation, and use it to work or volunteer with children, will have until 1 July 2020 to get a working with children check (WWCC).

Teachers must get a WWCC before they renew their current teachers’ registration or before their current child-related employment screening expires—whichever comes first.

Applications for a WWCC can be made up to six months before the current screening check expires. 

Apply through the Department of Human Services. Further information about the new working with children check is also available.

There is also an information kit available to assist in understanding the new checks and moving to the new scheme.