The Working with Vulnerable People Scheme was brought into effect in 2012 in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The scheme aims to reduce the risk of harm or neglect to vulnerable people in the ACT.
The WWVP Act requires those who work or volunteer with vulnerable persons in the community to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People Check through the authorised government screening unit ( Access Canberra) and become registered.
The scheme is based on the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (the WWVP Act).
The premise of background checking is that the past behaviour of an individual can provide an indication of the possible future behaviour of that individual.
Examples or patterns of abusive or inappropriate behaviour can sometimes be evident in information available for assessment, which includes an individual’s criminal record.
The Working with Vulnerable People Registration and a National Police Check are two different checks.
The Working with Vulnerable People Registration is an ongoing assessment of a person's eligibility to work or volunteer with vulnerable persons and involves a check of a person's national criminal history (including spent convictions, pending and non-conviction charges) and other disciplinary and police information.
A Police Check is a point in time check and is only current on the day of issue and is a list of offences from a person's criminal history which can be disclosed in accordance with the spent convictions scheme.
Applicants in the ACT wishing to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People Registration must do so through Access Canberra.