This webpage provides information and guidance for prospective and existing employees who need to undertake employment screening as a requirement of their role at Flinders University.
Child-related employment screening
Flinders University is committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people accessing services offered by the University, in accordance with the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA) (the Act).
If you have been offered employment in a prescribed position in the University, or you are an existing employee whose position has been prescribed, you are required to undergo child-related employment screening and provide a letter of clearance, pursuant to the Act.
The University uses the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Unit, whose screening protocol involves a risk assessment of an individual’s relevant history – including a national criminal record check plus expanded information as obtained through the Exchange of Criminal History Information for People Working With Children Intergovernmental Agreement.
If you already have a clearance, please note:
- a letter of clearance obtained within the last three years may be acceptable if it is current with at least 6 months validity until it is due for renewal;
- persons with a current teacher registration do not need to undertake this screening as it is included as part of the registration process.
Evidence of your clearance or registration will be required by Human Resources for noting on your staff file.
Please be aware that, by virtue of being in a prescribed position, you are also deemed to be a mandatory notifier.
Further information regarding how to apply for screening, prescribed positions, mandatory notification and employment screening can be obtained from the links below.
Other employment screening
Other types of employment screening may be required for a particular role, in the context of working with vulnerable young people and adults. In addition, General Employment Probity Screening (or, alternatively, a National Police Check) may also be required by the University for some positions, due to the inherent requirements of the role.
The DCSI Screening Unit also conducts (in addition to child-related employment screening):
- Vulnerable person related employment screening
- Aged care sector employment screening
- Disability Services employment screening
- General employment probity screening
If a National Police Check is required, you can get it from the South Australia Police.
Information about the different types of screening and the National Police Check is available from the Screening and background checks page of the DCSI website.
University staff working in the Northern Territory may be required to hold a valid Ochre Card.