- New online tool replaces paper-based system, saving up to 230,000 pages a year
- Part of the State Government's action to cut red tape
Criminal history screening for prospective education workers can now be done with the click of a computer mouse.
The online system is included in the State Government's inaugural 2015 Red Tape Reduction Report Card released as part of Repeal Week.
Education Minister Peter Collier said the process cut out the middle man and ensured more accurate data because applicants entered it themselves.
"The Department of Education receives 5,000 applications at the beginning of the year from students alone who will be completing practical work in schools," Mr Collier said.
"Instead of filling in a 15-page hardcopy form, applicants can now enter their own information directly into the system at http://www.education.wa.edu.au/screening. This is forwarded to the CrimTrac agency.
"Under the old system, information on the hardcopy form was manually entered into a database before being uploaded to CrimTrac.
"A criminal history screening is compulsory for everyone working in and around schools including all staff, prospective staff, and university and training students doing practicums in schools."
Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the change was making life easier for 18,000 West Australians who submitted applications each year; more than 1,200 have already been received to date.
"The new online system is easier, more accurate and has the potential to cut out hundreds of thousands of pages and countless hours of manual data entry," Mr Marmion said.
"The State Government is reducing unnecessary regulatory burden, using resources more efficiently and making it easier to deal with government."
- Read the Government's Red Tape Reduction Report Card here
- Submit your ideas to reduce red tape and #ShredTheRed here
Education Minister's office - 6552 6300
Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800