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Ongoing requirements for registered Doctors

During AHPRA registration there is a basic criminal check.

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Information re Nurses


Determining what type of screening is required

Following the steps below will help organisations to determine what type of screening is required.

  1. Job role: Refer to the list of duties that are part of the work or volunteer role.
  2. Nature of the workplace: Consider the nature of the workplace and the groups of people with whom the employee or volunteer will have contact
  3. Check against the legislation: Check the list of duties against the legislation to determine whether screening is required, and if so, what type.
  4. Consider whether more than one type of screening is required: This flow chart (PDF 179.9 KB) poses key questions and guides you through this process.  Refer to the relevant regulations to determine whether an exemption applies.
  5. If screening is not required by legislation: Consider your organisation’s policies or contractual obligations.
  6. Will a Police Check suffice? In some cases a National Police Certificate from SA Police may meet your organisation's requirements and/or if documentation of the person's criminal history is required.
  7. Is there a current clearance? If the person has a current clearance with six or more months left, they do not need to be rescreened. Send renewal applications when the applicant has six months or less left to go on their current clearance.


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Criminal history checks

The Department for Human Services (DHS) uses an online screening process for screening applications. The screening process needs to be started by the organisation requiring the screening, and completed by the individual applicant.

Different jurisdictions have different laws prescribing what constitutes a criminal offence.

Aged Care

Vulnerable persons

Vulnerable-person-related screening may be relevant for:

  1. information and communication technology (ICT) employees who may have access to files regarding vulnerable people
  2. volunteers in aged care facilities
  3. health and allied health professionals.

If there is a current clearance for any other type of screening there is no need to have a vulnerable-person-related clearance as well.

Conducting vulnerable-person-related screening

Employer organisations can conduct their own vulnerable-person-related screening.

An employee’s National Police Certificate can be used by the organisation to conduct their own assessment. A National Police Certificate (Police Check) provides a summary of a person’s offender history in Australia and a record of their criminal history relating to convictions, finding of guilt or pending court proceedings.

A Police Check allows an organisation to undertake its own employee and volunteer criminal history assessment.


Refer to the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion in relation to police clearances for working with children: