Screening and background checks

Screening and background checks

Latest announcements from the Screening Unit

The online screening application process is now  OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

 See below for more information.

Screening by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Unit is an employer-driven process, conducted on behalf of organisations to assess individuals who are currently working or under consideration to be engaged in an employment or volunteer role.

Online screening applications

The Screening Unit has introduced an online process for submitting screening applications, making it faster and easier to apply for employee and volunteer screening.  Once an organisation has registered for online screening, they can commence applications online. 


First, organisations register by recording their details into the online screening system, which enables the Screening Unit to set up permissions, payment functions and confidentiality requirements.  For more information refer to registering your organisation for online screening.

To register: Go to to register your organisation.

Step 1: Organisation commences applications

Commence online applications: Once an organisation has successfully registered, they can then initiate online screening applications for employees and volunteers. Click here to commence an application (if registered).

Step 2: Applicants complete their application online

Once the organisation (e.g. the employer) has commenced an online application, the individual applicant completes their application online.

Details:  Once the organisation has initiated an application on the applicant's behalf, the applicant will receive an email from the DCSI Screening Unit providing login instructions.  The applicant can then log in and complete the application.  For more instructions refer to Applying online

For more information

Please refer to our Fact Sheets and FAQs for more help with organisation registration and applying online.

Screening by the DCSI Screening Unit

What is screening?  Screening is a process by which information is sourced and assessed to determine whether an applicant could pose a risk to a particular group or groups of people, related to their work in a professional or volunteer environment.

Why is it required? A screening assessment is conducted as part of a preventative approach towards the care and protection of vulnerable people in our community.

How often it is required?  A DCSI Screening clearance lasts for three years and can be taken from job to job (the General Employment Probity check excluded).

What type of screening is needed? The type of screening required depends on the work or tasks the employee or volunteer is required to undertake in their role. The DCSI Screening Unit conducts five types of screening check. If you are not sure what type or types of screening are required, please go to our page What type of screening do I need?

How much does it cost? For information about fees, please go to our application forms and payment page.

Do you have a current clearance? If you have a current clearance with six or more months left to run, you do not yet need to be rescreened. Renewal applications should be lodged when the applicant has six months or less left to go on their current clearance. Please note that the Screening Unit is returning applications from people who already have a relevant clearance with six or more months left to run.