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Child related employment screening for Swimming and Aquatics staff

All Department for Education swimming and aquatics employees must have a current child related employment screening (CRES) provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening unit.

National police certificates from a SAPOL branch are not acceptable.

Screenings must be updated every 3 years.

Processing can take up to 12 weeks so it is important to allow enough time before your anticipated employment time or expiry of current CRES. If you are successful in the screening, DHS will send a letter stating that you have been cleared for the child-related work. Keep this letter for your records. You will need to provide a copy of it to the Swimming and Aquatics unit.

Online application

DHS have an online application process for child related employment screenings which existing and prospective department swimming and aquatics instructors will need to use:

  1. Read the instructions for completing the form (PDF 297 KB)
  2. Request an application form (PDF 464KB)
  3. Forward the completed form by email to the Swimming and Aquatics unit at DECDswimaquatics [at] sa.gov.au.

This is the only process used. The previous hard copy process is no longer accepted.

New instructors

You must apply to be an instructor for the department before your screening can be processed. See the pages on becoming an assistant instructor or becoming an instructor for more information.

Instructor who is not ‘eligible to work’

For instructors to be ‘eligible to work’ for the department they must have:

These requirements will appear on your eligibility for employment letter along with the expiry dates and an indication of whether you are eligible to work. 

Instructors who do not have all the instruction qualifications current when applying will be required to pay for the clearance.


Water safety team

Phone: 8416 5920
Fax: 8115 5558
Email: Educationswimaquatics [at] sa.gov.au