The Australian government created a piece of legislation in 2011 requiring workers and caretakers of vulnerable people to register for a national police record check. This was to ensure the eligibility of the workers who would work closely with children, people with disabilities and senior citizens.
Although the desire to work with vulnerable people comes from a place of compassion and service, their respective families and loved ones of the ones being cared for want to make sure that their vulnerable family members are getting the best care possible. Applying for a police record check not only helps validate your role as a caretaker but also builds trust between you and the vulnerable person's family members.
According to the Department of Social Services, the police check must be done before engaging with vulnerable people. Employers must also require this of their staff before deploying them to their respective care recipients. The employer must confirm that a caretaker or worker is not prohibited under significant laws from undertaking their duties.
Certain organisations place importance on ensuring that their employees and volunteers, especially those who will be working closely with children, are screened to provide a child-safe environment. Some of them also conduct their own criminal history assessments for their employees.
Disability Services Sector Screening
People working for disabled people must be checked as part of an organisation's risk management policies and for ensuring the safety and well-being of people being cared for. The screening for the disability sector is valid for 3 years and transferable across services under the Disability Services Act.
Senior Citizen Care Sector Screening
The screening for senior citizen care depends on the type of workplace and the nature of work. Those that require police checks are key organisational personnel in aged care facilities, employees providing care services and home maintenance personnel employed by aged care organisations.
What a Police Record Check Reveals
Service providers for vulnerable people can determine the criminal record and history of their employees by conducting a police check. Failure to pass the check can result in suspension from their position. Employers can also learn about the length of time that has passed since the person's conviction, the nature of the offence, whether the offence involved vulnerable people and the specific role of the person when they performed the criminal act.
Applying for a Police Record Check
Fast Police Checks allows service workers for vulnerable people to ensure the safety and welfare of the people who are receiving the care. We will provide you with all the information you need to apply for a national police record check including the requirements, certified identification documents, duration of the application and other enquiries about the process.
The process is very quick and can take as return a result within the day. Applications can be made online for your convenience and require only a few minutes if you have the required documents at hand.
If you want to register for an accurate police check with minimal waiting time, feel free to contact us on 1300 327 876. You can also send us an email at [email protected] for more information.