Even though I have one for work I still have to do a separate one for school
I'm not sure that this is correct either. The same one should cover all purposes, there aren't different ones - the only thing that would differ on the piece of paper is the date of application (provided you hadn't committed a recordable offence in between checks). If you were seeking employment in areas where this was needed there would be nothing stopping you from paying to get one yourself then presenting it at interviews - the employer doesn't need to pay for it and get it done themselves, as long as it's been done you are OK.
Here in the ACT there has been a very concerning development in this area. They have introduced a controversial Working With Vulnerable People Check which has commenced this month (to cover working with children, elderly disabled and otherwise vulnerable people). The gamut of your criminal history can be examined for this check, not just those things relevant to the job, it can include such minor things as traffic offences which are then disclosable to the employer. The capacity for people with 'lived experience' to find employment in the sector will be greatly reduced (very relevant to drug and alcohol services as there is a distrust of workers without this) and it begs the question about when a person is able to leave their past behind and start with a clean slate. It will also be a logistical nightmare for employers as employees will be issued with permissions at various levels which mean they may be able to do this but they can't do that in the course of their daily work. Very worrying, another case of beauracracy gone mad in the interests of better protecting vulnerable people.
This post has been edited by Tigerdog: 15/11/2012, 10:02 AM