Working with Children Checks

It is compulsory for all Club volunteers including Committee Members, and all Team Officials including Managers, Coaches, First Aid Officers, and Runners to provide us with a valid Working with Children Check.

In addition, we recommend completion of “Play by the Rules” online training as part of their volunteer role.


People working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a Working with Children Check.

A Working with Children Check is an assessment of whether a person poses an unacceptable risk to children. As part of the process the Screening Unit will look at criminal history, child protection information and other information.

A valid DHS/DCSI child-related employment check will be recognised as a Working with Children Check until it expires. Then, you must apply for a new Working with Children Check. There are transitional arrangements in place for other checks as follows:

  • Teachers, health practitioners, and transport service workers who work with children need to get a Working with Children Check before they renew their current professional registration.
  • If you have had a National Police Certificate assessed by your employer and use it to work or volunteer with children, you will have until 1 July 2020 to get a Working with Children Check. If you are a sole trader, working in partnership, contractor, or self-employed, a National Police Certificate is not a valid check for working with children. You can apply for a Working with Children Check. While you are waiting for the DHS Screening Unit to complete your check and tell you the result, you are not legally allowed to work or volunteer with children.

Don’t leave it until the last minute – allow at least six weeks for processing your application.

Excluded people

You don’t need a working with children check if you:

  • work for SA Police or the Australian Federal Police, or
  • are under the age of 14.

Apply for a check

You can apply for a new working with children check online yourself.

A Working with Children Check is valid for five years and portable, meaning it can be used for any position in which you are working with children.


In addition, it is recommended all officials complete a “Play by the Rules” online course which should be repeated every three years.

The free course features two modules:
1. Child Protection
2. Harassment and Discrimination

The two course modules provide information to help you understand:
▪ what discrimination, harassment and child abuse is
▪ your rights and responsibilities under equal opportunity and child protection laws
▪ how the laws apply to sporting organisations, clubs, their employees and volunteers
▪ when, where and how to report incidents
▪ how to establish a welcoming and inclusive environment at your club or organisation.

Click on below link or cut and paste to your web browser:

If you have previously completed these modules, when you log in you will be able to see when it expires and download your two certificates.

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