WWCC

All members of the Host family who are over the age of 18 years are required to have WWCC card.

Each state has their own requirement. Please arrange your WWCC card when you are making your application. We cannot provide you with a student until this information has been received.

 

Jurisdiction

Act

Type of program

ACT

No relevant Act

No formal Act or screening program, however, individual employers may require police checks at their discretion.

 

The difference between a Police Check and a Working With Children Check

Police Checks identify and release relevant criminal history information relating to convictions, findings of guilt or pending court proceedings. However, due to spent conviction/non-disclosure legislation and information release policies, there are limitations on the information a Police Check can provide (e.g., the Spent Convictions Scheme stipulates that prior convictions are not to be disclosed where 10 years have passed from the date of the conviction).

As the object of a Working With Children Check is to make an assessment of the level of risk an individual poses to children's safety, Working With Children Checks are more extensive, but also more targeted than Police Checks. For example, Working With Children Checks draw together information from various sources, but may include a primary focus on certain types of offences (e.g., sexual offences, offences related to the harm or mistreatment of a child). In general, Working With Children Checks give consideration to:

  convictions - whether or not they are considered spent or were committed by a juvenile;

  apprehended violence orders and other orders, prohibitions or reporting obligations;

  charges (i.e., where a conviction has not been recorded because, for example, a proceeding has not been heard or finalised by a court, or where charges have been dismissed or withdrawn);

  any relevant allegations or police investigations involving the individual; and

  relevant employment proceedings and disciplinary information from professional organisations (e.g., organisations associated with teachers, childcare service providers,

  

Who must undergo pre-employment child safety screening?

In all jurisdictions that have child-related employment pre-screening legislation, it is mandatory for certain individuals engaged in occupations such as education and childcare, child protection, child and family welfare, health, entertainment and recreation, and religious instruction to meet screening requirements. There are differences across the states and territories in who is required to undergo screening, and how different occupations are identified. Table 3 provides an outline of the settings in which pre-employment screening is required in each jurisdiction.

Table 3. Child-related settings subject to screening regulations

Jurisdiction

Types of child-related settings subject to regulation

ACT

Services contracted to government are required to employ "fit and proper" people. This is interpreted as a requirement to obtain a National Police Check.

 

Requirements in Australian states and territories

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory government is currently developing a Working with Vulnerable People Checks system that will extend screening requirements for child-related employment. A discussion paper for consultation was released in September/October 2009 regarding the development of a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Screening Unit, however legislation relating to a WWVP check has yet to be finalised.

Currently, there are no legal statutes that require people working with children to undergo a Police Check. However, services contracted to government have a contractual obligation to employ fit and proper people. This has been interpreted as a requirement to obtain a Police Check. Individual organisations may have developed polices that require their employees to undergo screening.

Residents of the Australian Capital Territory should contact the ACT Police Department for further information about obtaining a National Police Check, including forms and fees <www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx>.