We believe that all state governments and local councils can improve hiring quality and protect themselves against application fraud by conducting appropriate pre-employment checks.
Having a well-planned employment screening framework in action, complete with probity checks, can deliver benefits by:
- Decreasing reputational risk and improving hiring quality;
- Minimising risks associated with certain positions;
- Reducing the threat of financial loss to your business.
However, besides conducting the screening checks mandated by law, you must have a risk assessment to determine the appropriate checks.
Employment screening is best approached with a strategic framework. Essentially, it’s a prudent business process. The benefits of having a strategic, consistent risk management approach significantly outweigh the investment.
Organisations need to be clear about why they need employment screening, what and when it is required, how the personal information will be collected and securely stored. It’s also necessary to disclose who will conduct the checks and the next steps in the hiring process.
The department needs to have a clear understanding of why it needs employment screening, what it includes, how the information will be gathered, and how it will be backed up securely. It’s also necessary to disclose who will conduct the checks and the next steps in the hiring process.