What if a criminal offence or other information is obtained that may impact on my screening?

Where there are is any releasable relevant criminal history identified for a screening applicant, this information is provided by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to the Screening Unit electronically for screening purposes. Any records containing the criminal history information provided are subject to strict confidentiality and destruction requirements.

All matters are assessed in accordance with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness.   This means that, where the information obtained suggests that there are matters revealed that could impact on the screening outcome, applicants will be provided with an opportunity to provide further information regarding the nature and circumstances in which any relevant offending or matter of concern occurred.

Applicants will have the opportunity to provide additional documentation, such as referee or medical reports in support of their application. 

In addition, where permissible, and with the applicant's consent, additional information regarding specific criminal offences may also be sought by the Screening Unit from police, prosecuting authorities or courts, to ensure an objective and informed assessment can be made.

All information obtained about an applicant is assessed on a case by case basis in accordance with relevant legislation. 

Importantly, details about an applicant's criminal history or relevant information from other sources is assessed against the inherent requirements of the job role or volunteer position.  The information considered will vary depending on the type of screening being undertaken. Where appropriate, the Screening Unit will consult with the Authorised Officer of the requesting organisation before any final recommendation is made.