Apply for Safe Ministry clearance

In working to guarantee adherence to safe ministry practices, all paid church workers and volunteers serving in any capacity within a church or related entity must participate in the screening process.

The screening process begins with an applicant completing a National Criminal History Check and either a Category One or Category Two clearance application form.

  • Category One applies to all those who are leaders or work with vulnerable people in the Diocese of Adelaide

  • Category Two applies to Officeholders in the Diocese of Adelaide who are not otherwise required to have Category One Clearance

All applicants must then complete the South Australian Department for Education’s Safe Environments - Through Their Eyes training and The Adelaide Diocese’s Ensuring Safe Church Communities training.

Click here to register for training events

Application for Clearance for Anglican Ministry

Please click on the relevant link below to open the Application Form PDF file:

Criminal History Check

Applications for Clearance for Ministry - both Categories 1 and 2 - must be accompanied by original or certified copies of ONE of the following:

  • National Criminal History Check report that is dated no older than three months


  • DCSI Certificate


  • DECD Teachers Registration

Any original documentation you send in will be promptly returned to applicants.


How to Apply for a National Criminal History Check

The latest electronic SAPOL application form must be downloaded directly from the SAPOL website; the link below will take you to their website for this purpose. It is important to know that the SAPOL application is a special Adobe PDF file type that requires Adobe's free Acrobat Reader application to be able to be opened, which you can download and install by clicking on this link which will take you to the relevant page on the Adobe website. Depending on the operating system and browser that you are using, the Adobe Acrobat Reader installation may or may not install a helper application in your browser that will open the SAPOL application form directly in your browser when you click on the link on the SAPOL website. If this is not the case, then you will need to right-click on the link to the application form on the SAPOL website and save the PDF file to your device. Once it's downloaded, you will then be able to open it in the Adobe Acrobat Reader application.

The SAPOL form doesn't open when I click on the link; what do I do?

Once you have downloaded Acrobat Reader via the link above and then head to the SAPOL site and click on the link to the application form, this link may not always open the form directly into your browser. In this instance, head back to the 'Apply for a Police Record Check' on the SAPOL website and under 'How to apply for a police check' under Step 1, Option 1, right-click on Download the Application Form. This will open a drop-down box where you can click on 'Download linked file as' to save this PDF onto your computer and then open it in the Adobe Acrobat Reader Application by [double] clicking on it as you would normally do to open any other file.

Pl ease contact your Minister, Parish Safer Ministry Coordinator, Chairperson, or Supervisor for details regarding the VOAN number, so your SAPOL application is at no cost.