Criminal History Checks

Posted by on February 6, 2020

Please be aware that the Criminal History Check Procedure has recently been updated. Please see the below email to ensure your school/unit is meeting the Department’s requirements.

A criminal history check will need to be initiated for an employee or applicant, for any duration of employment, who is;

  • recommended for engagement (permanent, temporary or casual) OR
  • is undertaking higher duties or is relieving at, below or above level AND
  • has not previously undergone a criminal history check with the department in the past 2 years.

Engagement with the department cannot commence until a cleared CHC outcome has been provided from the Recruitment Services Unit. However, current employees of the department can commence in temporary or relieving duties prior to receiving the outcome of a criminal history check (however, an outcome must be finalised within 3 months).

A criminal history check is not required for;

  • current employees where there has been no change in their employment (or just because it has been over 2 years since their last clearance)
  • classroom teachers
  • classified teachers (Principals, Deputy Principals, HOD or HOSES)

To check if a position requires a CHC to be initiated please refer to the role description (it is stated within the 'Additional Information' section).

Please also note that the Recruitment Services Unit will continue to pay for all Criminal History Checks completed.

Further information can be found in the Criminal History Check Procedure.