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Question Without Notice No. 715 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 October 2017 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 31 October 2017

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH — EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATION — CHILD-RELATED POSITIONS
      715. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
I refer to the revelation during budget estimates that across the WA health system accurate data is unable to be provided about how many employees in positions classified as child�related did not have a valid working with children check card as the human resource information system does not allow for a reliable, retrospective report to be run.
(1) Has the minister directed that this deficiency be reviewed?
(2) If no to (1), will the minister commit to making that direction?
(3) If no to (2), why not?
Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1) Each health service provider is responsible for having governance measures in place to ensure its employees working in positions classified as child-related are compliant with the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004. The WA health system does not consider the inability to provide a retrospective report to be a deficiency. On any given day, the HR information system can provide accurate data regarding the status of any employee in a position classified as child-related.
(2)–(3) Not applicable.