Screening ChecksScreening Checks
- Child-related employment screening
- Disability services employment screening
- Aged care sector screening
- Vulnerable-person-related employment screening
- General employment probity screening
- Obtaining criminal history information
- National Police Certificate
- Information assessed
- Appealing a screening decision
- How long does screening take?
National Police Certificate
A National Police Certificate (Police Check) provides a summary of a person’s offender history in Australia and a record of their criminal history relating to convictions, finding of guilt or pending court proceedings.
A Police Check allows an organisation to undertake its own employee and volunteer criminal history assessment.
A Police Check is not always sufficient. In some circumstances, a particular type of screening is necessary in order to comply with legislation or regulation.
Applying for a Police Check
Police Checks are available through:
- South Australia Police (SAPOL)
- Organisations accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
Fees for a Police Check
Police Checks may be provided free of charge to volunteers at qualifying charitable organisations.
To be eligible for the free checks, an organisation:
- must provide a charity or community service, and
- must have a Volunteer Organisation Authorisation Number (VOAN).
Free checks are not available to paid employees of a volunteer organisation.
The DHS Screening Unit is not part of the VOAN Scheme, and therefore a fee is charged for all screening services it provides.
More information is available on the SA Police website - Volunteer Organisation Number