A DCSI screening clearance is valid for three years, which means that screening is normally only required once every three years. Screening renewal applications should be submitted no more than six (6) months prior to expiry of a current clearance.
A clearance letter issued by the DCSI Screening Unit is portable across organisations within South Australia, i.e. it can be taken from workplace to workplace (the general employment probity check excluded). In the case of a general employment probity clearance only, the clearance is not transferable. Therefore, if the employee or volunteer changes agencies — or even changes roles within the same agency — the person may need to be rescreened.
In some cases there an organisational policy requiring screening more than once every three years.