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Background Screening of Potential Employees & Volunteers

It is important that your organisation undertakes screening and induction of employees and volunteers in a thorough and systematic way. Certain background checks are required by law (under legislation or contract) and others are discretionary.

Not-for-profit Law has produced a comprehensive guide on Screening Checks which includes information on:

  • legal obligations under Working with Children Checks (WWC Checks)
  • WWC Check applications
  • what does a WWC Check risk assessment do?
  • Police Checks, and
  • other checks.

CAUTION: The South Australian Government has recently passed legislation that will significantly change the law on checks needed for people who work with children. The Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (the new Act) passed parliament in November 2016, but the Government has yet to announce a date for its commencement. The guide below explains the screening checks regime in South Australia as it currently stands, but includes various ‘cautions’ that this will change when the new Act comes into force. References to the new Act should be taken as general guidance only; much of the detail will be contained in regulations which are yet to be drafted.

To view the full Not-for-profit Law guide, click here.

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