Last night, the Liberal government announced its new 2017-18 budget for Australia, affecting millions of Australians over the country.
There have been criticisms of Turnbull’s Government and its decisions over the newly announced drug tests for Australians on welfare. Background checks are often a mandatory condition with most job applications in Australia, but is it morally right to initiate drug tests at random as part of a legal requirement?
Jacqui Lambie has welcomed the new drug tests for welfare recipients, but she said politicians should do the same. “It is about time politicians led by example and both on the Senate side and the House of Reps, there should be random drug testing as you come through the doors.”
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce defended the decision, saying to the ABC that “you can’t go to work if you are smashed or drugged out.”
Background checks have always been a questionable and ethical procedure. There have been debates on whether or not a person’s criminal record should be an important requirement or a deal breaker for a potential employee. A person’s history can be a difficult quality to overlook but it is important to know your rights when applying for a federal police check.
- What is a national police check? A national police check outlines an individual’s record of any criminal activity in Australia. Australian citizens and residents will usually need a check as a requirement. According to Seek, “it is a government service provided to either an individual or organisation for employment, voluntary work and occupation-related licensing or registration purposes.”
- Why do employers need a police check? To reduce the risk of theft, fraud or other criminal activity performed by a potential new employee. With community services and industries where employees are working with children, the elderly or other vulnerable communities, police checks are vital for an organisation to rule out employing people who are past offenders.
- Know your rights. Nothing happens without your consent regardless of whether you need a check for police investigation or prosecution purposes.
During the procedure, you will need to confirm and sign a consensual form in order to release your criminal history for employment purposes.Seek says “In addition, if you’re asked in an interview whether you have a criminal record, according to the Human Rights Commission, you are not required to volunteer any information, unless there’s a requirement under legislation to do so. In this case, you would have to disclose your record.”
This article was sourced from: https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/why-companies-require-police-checks-what-are-your-rights
In Australia, the government has now increased a number of safety measures towards jobs that are considered a ‘high security’ risk. Jobs such as aged care services and disability care services now require to obtain a mandatory certificate.
Staff working in aged care homes and disability care centres who have supervised or unsupervised access to care recipients must obtain a police check. All volunteers that are likely to have unsupervised access to care recipients must also obtain a police check.
National criminal history record checks (also known as police checks) provides evidence that the employee has not committed any crimes, in an attempts to lower the risks of any thefts or assaults that may occur in the workplace.
Criminal records may include arrest, conviction, and possibly criminal proceedings.
In 2025, you can apply for the job of space tour guide, according to a report released in August by The Future Laboratory and Microsoft.
The report claims that 65 percent of today’s students will be doing jobs that don’t exist yet at the moment due to “technological change, economic turbulence, and societal transformations”.
“A new wave of automation, with the advent of true artificial intelligence, robots, and driverless cars, threatens the future of traditional jobs, from truck drivers to lawyers and bankers,” the report reads. “But, by 2025, this same technological revolution will open up inspiring and exciting new career opportunities in sectors that are only in their infancy today.”
The report predicts that space tour guides, among other jobs, would be needed in 2025 as earth orbit trip will become a popular choice for “intrepid travellers”.
Other jobs that the report predicts will employ current students include virtual habitat designer, ethical technology advocate, digital cultural commentator, sustainable power innovator, and more.