Under what circumstances is it required?
It is a requirement under the Disability Services Act 2006 (Qld) for all people engaged by a funded non-government service provider at a service outlet to undergo criminal history screening. The obligation is on the service provider to identify all people who fit the definition of an 'engaged person' and submit an 'Application for criminal history screening - prescribed notice (yellow card)' or 'Application for criminal history screening (exemption notice)' on behalf of each engaged person.
The service provider is also responsible for seeking the persons consent to conduct a criminal history check.
Engaged staff who may require an application to be completed include:
executive officers, members of a board, management committee or other governing body
Criminal history screening is not required for:
tradespeople who are not employees
relatives of a consumer providing volunteer care for their relative.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Definition of terms
- Service outlet
a place where disability services are provided.
What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?
Applications must be on the approved forms, signed by the service provider and the engaged person and accompanied by the prescribed fee.
Can it be transferred?
A Positive Notice Card cannot be transferred
A Positive Notice Card is valid for 3 years after issuing. Criminal history screening will be conducted on each individual who continues to be engaged by a non government service provider every three years.
Application for criminal history screening - prescribed notice (yellow card)
How Do I Obtain It?
This Positive Notice Card can be obtained by the service provider submitting an "Application for Criminal History Screening (prescribed notice)" on behalf of the engaged person to the Department of Communities either by mail, or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initially application forms will be available on request by email to: email@example.com or phoning the Criminal History Screening Hotline 1800 183 690.
The Department will forward the application to the Queensland Police Service for a national check of the persons criminal history.
The Department will use the information to determine whether or not a person should be engaged by a funded non government service provider. In the situation where the person has a criminal history, a decision to issue either a positive or negative notice will be made by the Director General.
If the decision has been made by the Director General to issue a positive notice, the applicant will be issued with a card and an accompanying letter. The official contact person within the non government service provider will also receive a letter notifying them of the issuing of a positive notice.
If the decision has been made by the Director General to issue a negative notice, the applicant will be sent a letter notifying them of the decision. The official contact person within the non government service provider will also receive a letter notifying them of the issuing of a negative notice.
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Right to Information, Information Privacy and Screening
Criminal History Screening Unit
Disability Services Act 2006 (Queensland)
Disability Services Regulation 2006 (Queensland)
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