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Question asked in Parliament Oct 14, 2014

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 15:11 :13 ): My question is to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation representing the Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion. Can the minister provide statistics with regard to applications to the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion for screening and background checks, namely, the number of checks which have been made in this calendar year since 1 January 2014, the number of these checks which have been completed in 20 business days or less, the number of these checks which have been completed in eight weeks or less and the number of these checks which have taken longer than eight weeks? Finally, can the minister advise what steps, if any, are being taken to improve the turnaround time for these applications and, if so, provide details?

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) ( 15:12 :02 ): I thank the honourable member for his most important question to the Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion on statistics for applications for background checks. I undertake to take the question to the minister in the other place and seek a response on his behalf.

Response

Mar 8, 2016

In reply to the Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 14 October 2014 ). (First Session)

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change) :

  1. As at 2 January 2015, the number of screening and background checks since 1 January 2014 which have:

  • been made (processed) is 121,193

  • been completed in 20 business days or less is 88,779

  • been completed in eight weeks or less is 100,038

  • taken longer than eight weeks is 21,155.

  1. The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Unit is undertaking multiple continuous improvement activities, including the initiatives outlined below.

  • Increasing the number of staff in the DCSI Screening Unit from 57 FTE to 126 FTE;

  • Investing $500,000 for service improvement in the DCSI Screening Unit, including establishing an online application form, which was launched on 27 July 2015;

  • Establishing a Chief Executive Screening Group to provide a forum to discuss screening unit operations and processes and organisational policy across Government, focusing on the portability and validity of clearances and;

  • Establishing regular meetings with key representatives from SA Health, Department for Education and Child Development (DECD), SAPOL and Department for Correctional Servic es as key government customers.

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