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Employment eligibility

All staff working in our public schools or other Department worksites must have a Screening Clearance Number prior to starting work.

Prior to commencing employment all prospective employees must have a current Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and be issued a Screening Clearance Number (SCN).  An SCN is generated by the Department’s Criminal Record Information System once the NCCHC has been processed and the person has been cleared.

Nobody is able to commence with the Department until their NCCHC has been finalised and they have been issued with a current SCN (this policy position is known as ‘No Screen, No Start’).

We do not accept police clearances from any other agency for staff or volunteers; this includes the National Police Certificate which is applied for through Australia Post.  The only exception is in the case of teachers and school leaders who are usually screened by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). 

In many instances, a Working With Children Check (WWC Check) will also be required, depending on the nature and location of the role.

You must also meet the Department of Education’s eligibility requirements as follows:
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or have a valid visa with relevant work rights from the Department of Home Affairs
  • meet the Department of Education’s pre-employment probity checks.

As part of our eligibility requirements, school psychologists must be registered with the the Psychology Board of Australia and teachers must be registered with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.