March 29, 2023

What is a Screening Number?

A screening number is required by teachers and education assistants looking to obtain work in Department of Education Schools.

Criminal screening is the process of gathering relevant information in order to assist in making an informed decision about a person’s suitability for employment.

The Education Department’s policy requires new applicants to consent to the Department’s National Police History Check (NPHC).

This is not a National Police Certificate issued by the police through a Police Station, which is applied for at an Australian Post office.

Further information for new applicants can be found at

Education assistant’s screening numbers are valid for 6 months from date of issue or 6 months from the last day of employment.

Teacher’s screening numbers are valid for 12 months from date of issue or 12 months from the last date of employment.