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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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