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Posted by Equestrian South Australia on 02/07/2019.

Helping keep children safe through new screening laws

Stronger, more effective and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children have been introduced in South Australia. The new screening laws were recommended as part of federal and South Australian royal commissions, to help keep children safe in our communities. 

From 1 July 2019, the state’s current system for child-related employment screening will be replaced with a working with children check (WWCC). The new laws mean that, from 1 July 2019, everyone working or volunteering with children must have a valid child-related check. 

Under the new scheme, people can apply for a WWCC themselves, as opposed to the previous system where organisations had to initiate screening applications. 
A WWCC is valid for five years and is portable across roles and organisations throughout South Australia. 

Current, valid child-related employment screening checks done by DHS/DCSI will be recognised as a WWCC until they expire.  

The Board strongly recommends and encourages all equestrian, coaches, judges, officials, and volunteers obtain the new working with children check.  You can apply for a check after the 1st of July 2019. We expect delays, so please don't leave it too long.

For more information, visit the DHS Screening website 

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