An important aspect of maintaining a child safe environment is the legal requirement for UniSA to determine which positions and roles are likely to have regular contact with children. Under the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA), these are defined as ‘prescribed positions’.
As defined in Section 8B (8) of the Act, ‘prescribed functions’ means:
a) regular contact with children or working in close proximity to children on a regular basis, unless the contact or work is directly supervised at all times; or
b) supervision or management of persons in positions requiring or involving regular contact with children or working in close proximity to children on a regular basis; or
c) access to records of a kind prescribed by regulation relating to children; or
d) functions of a type prescribed by regulation;
‘prescribed position’, in an organisation, means:
a) a position that requires or involves the performance of 1 or more prescribed functions; or
b) a position, or a position of a class, in a government organisation designated (by notice in the Gazette) by the responsible authority for the government organisation as a prescribed position for the purposes of this section.
Applicants for ‘prescribed positions’ will be required to undergo child related employment screening through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (or equivalent) to confirm their suitability to work with children.
Existing UniSA staff members whose duties involve regular contact with children will also be required to undergo child related employment screening. As and when necessary, the University’s People, Talent and Culture team will make contact with these individuals to clarify the legislative requirements, explain the associated procedures, and assist them to obtain a screening.
For information regarding the procedures for UniSA staff applying for a child related employment screening, visit: https://i.unisa.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/codes/miscellaneous/criminal-history-clearance/