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A relevant history assessment involves undertaking an assessment of certain background information about a person for the purpose of determining whether the person may, if appointed to, or engaged to act in, a position, pose a risk to the safety of children. This is also known as child related employment screening.
Relevant history information requirements apply for people who perform prescribed functions.
A person performs a prescribed function if they:
- have regular contact with children and are not directly supervised at all times
- work in close proximity to children on a regular basis and are not directly supervised at all times.
- have access to records relating to children in connection with child protection services, education services, health services, disability services or court orders and proceedings
- undertake functions of a type prescribed by regulation, currently the provision of overnight care or a prescribed passenger transport service.
A person also performs a prescribed function if they supervise or manage persons who:
- have regular contact with children
- work in close proximity to children on a regular basis.
A person occupies a prescribed position if they perform one or more prescribed functions.
Organisations providing certain services wholly or partly for children must ensure that before a person is engaged or appointed to a prescribed position, an assessment of their relevant history is conducted. Assessments must then be conducted at least every 3 years.
This applies to any person who will be appointed or engaged as an employee, volunteer, contractor, sub-contractor or agent.
This applies to government organisations and organisations that provide health, welfare, education, sporting or recreation, religious or spiritual, child care, cultural, entertainment, party or residential services wholly or partly for children.
Exemptions from this requirement may apply in some circumstances.
Organisations must ensure procedural fairness when conducting relevant history assessments.
Sole traders, people working in partnerships, and responsible authorities who provide certain services for children cannot perform a prescribed function unless in the past 3 years they have obtained:
- a child related employment screening certificate or letter issued by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening unit
- a criminal history report prepared by South Australia Police, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) or an ACC accredited agency or broker. (Criminal history reports issued prior to 1 July 2016 must have been issued by South Australian Police, Crim Trac or a Crim Trac accredited agency or broker).
A parent, guardian or carer can make a written request to see the certificate, letter or report.
This applies to services in health, welfare, education, sporting or recreation, religious or spiritual, child care, cultural, entertainment, party or residential, that are provided wholly or partly for children.
To obtain a letter or certificate from the Government Authorised Screening unit, visit DCSI.
To obtain a criminal history report, go to SAPOL.
Child Safe Environments
Phone: 8463 6468
Email: decdchildsafe [at] sa.gov.au