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Apply for a relevant history screening - working in education

You must have a relevant history screening before commencing employment for the Department for Education. Some volunteers also require screening. A relevant history screening can only be made with your consent.

Screening must be updated every 3 years.

See about relevant history screening to find out what screening is and further instruction on who needs to be screened.

Teacher applications

Teachers are screened through the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia as part of their teacher registration. No further screening is required.

Current employees and volunteer applications

If you are a current employee (other than a teacher) or volunteer you can apply through your school, preschool or business unit by:

  1. asking the site requesting officer to initiate the online screening process
  2. selecting the link to the online application which will be forwarded to your personal or work email address
  3. follow the instructions outlined in the DHS online application process fact sheet (PDF 651KB) to complete your online application.

Current screening obtained through the Teachers Registration Board of SA is acceptable for teachers moving into corporate roles and non-teaching roles in schools and preschools.


  • The department will cover the full screening cost for current permanent employees.
  • Current temporary employees will be charged  $107.80 (inc. GST).
  • Volunteer applications initiated by a school site are subsidised by the department. Volunteers will be charged $15 (inc GST).

Prospective employee and volunteer applications

If you are a prospective employee, an employable ancillary register (EAR) applicant, or a community member seeking to volunteer but have not been placed at a Department for Education site, you must:

  1. email the following information to education.hrconfidential [at] sa.gov.au to initiate your online screening request:
    • full name
    • date of birth
    • current email address
    • department employee ID number (if you have one)
    • details of the prospective role for which you are applying
  2. select the link to the online application which will be emailed to you
  3. follow the instructions outlined in the DHS online application process fact sheet (PDF 651KB) to complete your online application.


Prospective and temporary employees are required to pay for their own screening.

  • Employee $107.80 (inc. GST)
  • Volunteer $59.40 (inc GST)

Swimming and aquatics instructor applications

If you are a swimming and aquatics instructor see the child related employment screening for swimming and aquatics staff page for application instructions and associated costs.

Processing times

The DHS screening website states that normally the screening will take around 30 business days to process, and in some cases more than 8 weeks, depending on the relevance, complexity and amount of information which requires assessment.

The department recommends that you apply for your DHS Screening renewal at least 3-6 months before your screening expires to make sure that your current screening does not expire before you receive your renewed screening.


DCSI general screening

Phone: 1300 321 592
Email: DCSIScreeningUnit [at] sa.gov.au

Department for Education general screening

Phone: 8226 0430
Fax: 8124 4631
Email: education.hrconfidential [at] sa.gov.au