Pre-employment screening: Working with children checks and police checks

Children Employment Australia

Most states and territories have introduced legislation providing for child-related employment pre-screening, or are working towards such legislation but there are important differences across jurisdictions regarding the type of screening programs that are in place, what records are checked, and who is required to undergo screening.

Each day, children across Australia come into contact with a variety of organisations such as schools, childcare centers, medical centres, and sports and recreation clubs. The development and implementation of policy and legislation that provides for the pre-employment screening of adults who work or volunteer in child-related organisations is an important strategy for creating and maintaining child-safe organisations.

This resource sheet outlines the differences across Australian jurisdictions.

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