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National Police Certificates not valid for working with children after 1 July

1 June 2020

The government introduced the new working with children check (WWCC) on 1 July last year to help keep children safe in our communities.

From 1 July 2020, organisations will no longer be able to assess a National Police Certificate to allow people to work or volunteer with children in South Australia.

All South Australians in relevant roles using a National Police Certificate need to apply for a WWCC by 1 July 2020, if they haven’t already.

Engaging a person in paid or volunteer work with children without a valid WWCC is an offence. Please ensure your staff and volunteers have the correct clearance.

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 and remain valid until they expire.  

WWCCs are valid for five years, transferable across jobs and currently cost $113.30. The checks remain completely free of charge for volunteers.

Volunteers will not need a WWCC if:

  • they are a parent or guardian volunteering with their own child (for example, at school) and
  • they do not have close personal contact with other children or take part in an organised overnight event (such as a school camp).

However, a service or school may still require that parents or guardians obtain a WWCC in these instances.

The updated working with children check information kit provides further details and resources for you to share with your networks and staff. 

Full details, including applications for a WWCC, are available on the DHS website. Or call the DHS Screening Unit on 1300 321 592 with any general enquiries.