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Question Without Notice No. 808 asked in the Legislative Council on 8 November 2017 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 8 November 2017

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH — STAFF — WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECKS
      808. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
I refer to the minister's answer to my question without notice asked and answered on 7 November 2017 in which he informed the house that two employees of the Child and Adolescent Health Service obtained a valid working with children check card on 29 June 2017 and 10 July 2017.
      (1) On which date was the valid card obtained for the employee who commenced child-related work on —
              (a) 20 October 2014; and
      (b) 14 October 1991?
      (2) On which date did the immediate last card expire for each of the two employees referred to in (1)(a) and (1)(b)?
(3) Is this the first occasion that either employee has been found to be working without a valid card?
Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am advised the following.
          (1) (a) Employee A's card is valid from 21 June 2017 and was obtained by Health Support Services on 29 June 2017; and
          (b) Employee B's card is valid from 26 June 2017 and was obtained by Health Support Services on 10 July 2017.
      (2) Employee A's immediate last card expired on 28 June 2017. Employee B's immediate last card expired on 25 June 2017.
      (3) Not applicable, as neither employee was working invalidly. Employee A has a gap of eight days between receiving cards but had submitted an application for a working with children check prior to the expiry of her card. Employee B received a new card dated before the expiry of their previous card but had not submitted it for recording and, therefore, it showed as pending. This employee had also submitted an application for a working with children check prior to the expiry of the card. The Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 allows for employees to work without a valid card provided evidence is provided that a working with children check application has been made.