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Changes to Volunteer Police Checks (Issue 5 2016)

Written on the 7 April 2016

The Catholic Church in SA has recently foreshadowed changes to some of the arrangements relating to police checks for volunteers. These changes are consistent with moves across South Australia to align the volunteer policy checking process more closely with recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

While the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide's Police Check Unit (PCU) will still manage the policy check process, some of the changes, effective from 1 May, include:

  • Sourcing a Working with Children Check through the SA Government's Department for Families & Social Inclusion (DCSI).
  • A Streamlined a simpler application process.
  • The opportunity for volunteers to volunteer on 7 occasions per year without the requirement for a police check (where the volunteering does not include excursions or overnight stays).
  • No requirement for children under 18 years of age to hold a check.
  • The provision of a convenient wallet-sized clearance card as distinct from a clearance letter.

As our College transitions to the new arrangements by 1 May is it possible that we may invite you to renew your current check, prior to its usual expiry data, under the current arrangements. If this is the case we will contact you. In the meantime if you have any questions with regards to police checks as a volunteer please contact Sue Moss (Senior School) on 8350 2557 or Fiona Rixon (Middle School) on 8275 5912.

Peter McCabe
Business Manager - Operations

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