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Professional experience placements in SA government schools, preschools and centres

There are conditions associated with these placements that must be met including:

  • Working with children check requirements
  • child protection training requirements.

It is also important that all parties involved in workplace experiences are aware of any policies, procedures and requirements for each type of placement before attending the site.

Working with children check requirements

The following are required to have a working with children check (WWCC) if placed in centres, schools and preschools to complete or support the workplace experience:

  • undergraduate and postgraduate students (including international students)
  • pre-service teachers
  • university placement or liaison officer.

The WWCC must be current for the duration of any centre, school or preschool placement and presented to the site leader (or delegate) before any placement can begin.

A new WWCC must be obtained from the Department for Human Services (DHS) Screening unit every 5 years. It is the responsibility of the tertiary student and supervisor to follow-up WWCC applications after 5 years. Current, valid child-related employment screening checks done by DHS/DCSI will be recognised as a WWCC until they expire.

Getting a clearance

See the DHS Screening unit to get your check

Child protection training requirements

All undergraduate tertiary students seeking a professional experience placement in schools and preschools are expected to provide evidence (in the form of a certificate) that they have completed the following training and requirements.

Some universities will offer their students a lecture called ‘promoting safety and wellbeing: induction for tertiary students working with children and young people in education and care sites’.

If the university doesn't offer this lecture, they will have to complete the responding to abuse and neglect – education and care training session.

Student requirements

To meet child protection requirements, students must:

  • attend a promoting safety and wellbeing lecture at their university
  • attended a follow up workshop for discussion and debrief
  • complete the promoting safety and wellbeing induction quiz with 100% accuracy.

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate students must complete a full day, face-to-face responding to abuse and neglect – education and care (RAN-EC) training session. Your tertiary students certificate of participation is not a valid RAN-EC for employment.

Students can speak to their university about accessing the training, or visit the RAN-EC approved training organisations to book an upcoming session.


Culture and Capability

Phone: 8226 1231
Emaileducation.StandardsCertification [at] sa.gov.au