When recruiting workers of any sort for your organisation, there may be some legally required background checks, as well as other checks that are recommended as part of the organisation's duty of care. For example, if you have not completed background checks the organisation may be liable for damage incurred by someone working for your organisation.
There are few hard-and-fast rules about background checks. The decision has to be about the risk that applies for your organisation. You should take special care if employees or independent contractors are working with children, the elderly, people with disabilities or if a volunteer will have responsibility for finances or driving a vehicle.
Working with Children Check
A Working with Children Check is a legal requirement for workers who will have contact with children during the course of their work with your organisation. The Working with Children Check is administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
- see the Who needs a check page on the Working with Children Check website.