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Western Australian Managers of Business in Education. Criminal Screening Brent Saraceni Maureen Saunders. Criminal Screening. Background Wood Royal Commission Governance Criminal Screening policy Staff Conduct & Discipline policy Code of Conduct CrimTrac Agreement

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Western australian managers of business in education

Western Australian Managers of Businessin Education

Criminal Screening

Brent Saraceni

Maureen Saunders


Criminal screening

Criminal Screening

  • Background

    • Wood Royal Commission

  • Governance

    • Criminal Screening policy

    • Staff Conduct & Discipline policy

    • Code of Conduct

    • CrimTrac Agreement

    • Western Australian Police – Information Release


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Criminal Screening

  • Statistics

    • 8,433 checks (1 January to 31 May 2012)

    • An average of 77 Screening checks per day

    • 70% in each Batch are CLEARED in first instance

    • 30% of each Batch have a name match

    • Of this 30%, 3% have criminal history

    • E-mails……


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Criminal Screening

  • Criminal Screening Process

    • Consent to Obtain Personal Information completed by the applicant

    • Application received by Screening Unit and checked (100 point ID, payment, questions, details etc)

    • Data is entered into Screening database

    • Each afternoon, that day’s applications are uploaded to CrimTrac in Canberra as a ‘Batch’

    • CrimTrac sources info from National Names Database

    • Following morning, results are downloaded from CrimTrac


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Criminal Screening

  • Criminal Screening Process (cont.)

    • Cleared applicants are issued a letter & SCN

    • Those not cleared remain with CrimTrac

    • CrimTrac liaises with State Police Jurisdictions

    • Daily checks by Screening Unit to see if Cleared


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Criminal Screening

  • Criminal History confirmed:

    • Initial assessment by Brent and Eamon

    • Options are:

      • Clear and issue a letter with their SCN

      • Request Statement of Material Facts from Police

      • Request statement (only) from applicant

      • Request statement & references from applicant

      • Refer straight to Screening Committee


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Criminal Screening

  • Statement of Material Facts

    • True case

  • Screening Committee

    • 12 people

    • Chaired by Executive Director, Professional Standards & Conduct (Mr Eamon Ryan)

    • Guided by Suitability Criteria


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Criminal Screening

  • The Future…

    • Payment by credit card

    • Clearance letters advising of SCN

    • Bug fixes, e.g. RAMS / HRMIS issue that SCN did not work if name wasn’t UPPER CASE

    • Interphase between HRMIS and Screening Database (automatic SCN pre-populated)


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Criminal Screening

  • The Future (cont.)

    • Criminal Screening policy review:

      • Gap-in-service rule for re-screening

      • Suitability criteria

      • Appeal process for refused applicants

      • New CrimTrac Consent Application form

      • Information sharing with new Teacher Registration Board (formerly WACOT)


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Criminal Screening

  • Contact info:

    Screening Unit

    Department of Education

    Locked Bag 2

    EAST PERTH WA 6894

    T:9264 4391

    E:[email protected]

    W:www.det.wa.edu.au/screening


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