Free screening checks for volunteers

What we’ll do

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will abolish all fees payable by volunteers for screening by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

We will also extend the ‘We Do’ app which provides a database and rewards program for volunteers and links them with volunteer opportunities.

With many businesses supporting volunteering by allowing employees time off work, this will enable the app to recognise this contribution.

Why we’re doing it

About 1.76 million volunteer hours are worked every week in South Australia.

Volunteers are a vital part of the non-government and not-for-profit sector and we need to foster an environment that encourages the next generation of volunteers to get involved, particularly the young and new retirees.

Completing compulsory background screening checks can be cost prohibitive though, with South Australia having the highest application fees in the nation of $58.30.

Four jurisdictions – Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory – don’t impose any fee for volunteers seeking a working with children check, while Tasmania charges just $18.60, Western Australia $11 and the Northern Territory $6.

Volunteers provide much needed care and support in our communities and we want to remove all barriers to people volunteering.

That’s why we will abolish government fees for volunteer screening checks.