What is assessed?

What is assessed depends on the type of screening being conducted by the DCSI Screening Unit.  In some cases, legislative requirements determine the type of screening required and therefore the type/s of information assessed in a particular case.

Each type of check involves obtaining a national criminal history record check. Some types of screening take into account additional sources of information. 

Comparing the different types of screening 

For an overview, the following may be helpful: 


The information assessed in each type of screening is outlined below:



  • Criminal convictions only



  • Criminal convictions only



  • Criminal convictions only. 
  • An assessment of relevant criminal history is conducted by the Screening Unit to identify any precluding offences (e.g. murder or assault convictions).
  • This type of screening is conducted pursuant to the requirements of the Aged Care Act 1997 and Accountability Principles 2014.  



This type of screening involves:

  • A national criminal history record check;
  • An assessment of all convictions information and charges, regardless of the outcome of those charges, e.g. including those that would otherwise be considered 'spent';
  • Information from the Courts Administration Authority;
  • Workplace records that are relevant to working with people with disability, such as:
    • professional misconduct and disciplinary action taken against, or attempted to be taken against an applicant)
    • allegations of abuse in disability employment in some government agencies and all non-government disability service providers funded under the Disability Services Act (1993) as well as licensing authorities of supported residential facilities.



This type of screening involves:
  • A national criminal history record check;
  • An assessment of information from SA Police and other Australian jurisdictions regarding alleged offences, regardless of outcome, including:
    • pending charges
    • findings of guilt as well as non-conviction charges
    • circumstantial information relating to charges and convictions
    • spent convictions
    • information sourced from professional registration bodies
    • child-protection information

(as required under the Children's Protection Act 1993 and Children's Protection Regulations 2010).

It involves the consideration of factors such as:

  • the context and circumstances of any offending;
  • the seriousness and relevance of any conviction/s;
  • the level of unsupervised access the person will have to children in the work or volunteer role; and
  • the length of time that has lapsed since any conviction


For more information about this type of screening, go to child-related employment screening.


National Police Check

If you require documentation about your criminal history, you can obtain a National Police Certificate from a police service such as South Australia Police.  Police Checks identify and release relevant criminal history information relating to convictions, findings of guilt or pending court proceedings.  How is a Police check different?