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Fit & Proper Screening in Aged Care
29th Mar 2021

Introducing a 'fit and proper person' test for key personnel of approved aged care providers is one of the recommendations made in the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. It's an acknowledgement of how vital it is for providers to understand more about their workforce's skills and experience.

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Introducing regular, ongoing background screening of your employees can be a daunting prospect. As an employer or HR practitioner, you might be wondering "What if my employee refuses a background check? How do I know which employees to check? How often should screening occur?"

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If you have volunteers working for your organisation, the responsibility lies with you to find out if their Working With Children Check has been suspended or revoked. 

Without a process in place for verifying and monitoring your volunteers’ Working With Children Check, you may not have up-to-date information on their clearance status. A volunteer may have had their check clearance denied, yet this could go unnoticed.

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The number of Australians looking for work is staggering. Not since the recessions of the early 1980s and early 1990s have we seen parallels to this level of devastation to Australia’s workforce and economy. 

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Supermarkets are scrambling to hire workers to keep up with the booming demand for groceries. Job postings have spiked in government, aged care, pharmaceuticals and health care. Product manufacturers are racing to help supply critical equipment needed during the coronavirus outbreak.

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In Australia, university students are often required to meet certain background screening requirements if they are doing a work placement in a public, private or community health setting. Students may also require checks for other placements, such as a working with children check for education placements.

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Pre-employment screening is one of the best ways to ensure that candidates applying for positions in local government are suitable for the role and have their identity and credentials verified. In fact, the Australian Government often recommends that government agencies undertake background screening to Australian Standards during the recruitment process.

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What can happen when you don't background screen a candidate

If you’re ever in doubt about the benefits of background screening when hiring a candidate, you need only look at what can happen when you don’t. 

A former manager at a state government department is the latest in a line-up of executives to be found guilty of fraudulent behaviour in relation to their job applications. Sentenced to a non-parole period of 12 months in jail, the court heard that the high-paid officer fabricated her education, references and work background. 

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Leonardo da Vinci is said to have created the first curriculum vitae (CV) in 1482. It was a letter to the Regent of Milan, introducing himself and explaining his many skills. While the concept of a CV and cover letter may not have changed much over the centuries, advances in technology and products such as fit2work mean it can be much easier to spot a fraud.

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It's time for HR to ditch their 'set and forget' approach to background screening

Less than a decade ago, background checks were only undertaken for certain roles. These days it's the norm.

Dylan John, Executive General Manager - HR Solutions at Equifax, says "Most businesses in Australia do a background check on employees at the point of hire, and never do it again. If they do, it's usually once every three to five years. A lot can happen during that time."

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How to conduct a risk assessment of potential candidates

For some professions, conducting police checks on candidates and employees is a mandatory requirement under legislation and industry regulations. Many organisations also conduct background screening voluntarily to guard against potential risks, such as fraud, identity theft and false credentials. However, managing your risk goes beyond a simple police check.

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