Policy: Criminal record screening for students undertaking clinical placements in health facilities
To advise students of their legislative, ACT and NSW Government obligations for criminal record screening if undertaking clinical placements in health facilities.
Clinical placements are a significant and sometimes mandatory component of a number of programs at the Australian National University (the University). The University relies upon state, territory and private health providers for access to clinical training facilities.
Access to these facilities is regulated by the operators of the facilities. This policy focuses upon the requirements of the ACT and NSW governments and their health services, as that is where the majority of University placements occur.
This policy applies to all staff and students undertaking clinical placements in health facilities.
- The University’s Criminal record screening for students undertaking clinical placements in health facilities policy and procedure are consistent with the requirements of the:
- CT Health Directorate;
- NSW Department of Health;
- Advocate for Children and Young People Act 2014 No 29 (NSW);
- Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 (NSW);
- All students who have a clinical placement component in their program undertake a criminal history check (including sexual, serious offence and child offence checks) prior to placements commencing.
- Students undertaking placements in non-ACT and NSW government operated health facilities may be subject to different requirements from those set out in the University’s Criminal record screening for students undertaking clinical placements in health facilities policy and procedure, and those different requirements are resolved by the student with the health facility operator and the University prior to any placement commencing.
- ACT Health, NSW Health or the health facility operator decides the outcome of a criminal history check.
- Students who do not undertake clinical placements at any point during their enrolment at the University as a result of a criminal history check are excluded from courses requiring placements in health facilities, and are given advice to determine their eligibility to transfer to other University programs.