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Criminal history checks

Criminal history checks are a routine part of the pre-employment screening process carried out by Queensland Health.  Rigorous policies and procedures are in place to safeguard the public and employees.

Criminal history checks are undertaken by the Queensland Police Service in accordance with the Public Service Act 2008 (Qld) and include checks of the criminal history records in all States and Territories of Australia, and New Zealand.

Employment applicants are required to give consent for a criminal history check prior to appointment.

If an applicant has a reported criminal history, this is further assessed by the Queensland Health Criminal History Assessment Panel (CHAP), to determine their suitability according to the inherent requirements of the job for which they are recommended for appointment.

CHAP meetings are scheduled weekly. The membership includes legal and senior human resources representatives.

CHAP recommendations are based on factors including:

To ensure applicants are afforded natural justice and procedural fairness, applicants will be given an opportunity to respond to adverse information identified in their criminal histories.

The centralised arrangement ensures consistency in decision-making and protects the community interests.

In the interests of transparency, and to promote better community understanding and confidence in the process, future de-identified Minutes of CHAP meetings will be made available on this site.

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