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1 July deadline for Working with Children Check 

South Australians who use a National Police Certificate to work or volunteer with children should act now to ensure they have a State Government Working with Children Check by 1 July 2020.

From July 2020, you will no longer be able to use a National Police Certificate assessed by your organisation to work or volunteer with children in South Australia.

All South Australians in relevant roles using a National Police Check need to apply for a Working with Children Check immediately, if they haven’t already.

Engaging a person in paid or volunteer work without a valid check is an offence, so this is also an important reminder to organisations to ensure their staff and volunteers have the correct check.

The government introduced the new Working with Children Check on 1 July last year to help keep children safe in our communities. These checks were recommended by the Royal Commissions into Child Abuse.

Screening process improvements were also introduced to support the timely assessment of check applications and ensure South Australians can get into work or volunteering as soon as possible.

Working with Children Checks are valid for five years, transferable across jobs and remain completely free of charge for volunteers. For paid employment, the check costs $113.30.

Certain transitional arrangements are still in place to make it easier for people to move into the new scheme. Previous Child-Related Employment screenings are recognised as a Working with Children Check and remain valid until they expire.

The updated Working with Children Check Information Kit and Infographic provides further details and resources for you to share this information with your networks and staff.

Full details, including applications for a Working with Children Check, are available at or call the DHS Screening Unit on 1300 321 592 with any general enquiries.

Page last updated : 17 Jan 2022

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