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Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWVP) requirements across Australia

The Working with Vulnerable People Check has become a crucial legal check in some Australian States and Territories to help reduce crime, sexual offences, improper behaviours and harm to the vulnerable members of our society.

Every community has its vulnerable population and it is the responsibility of the people, the community and the government to ensure that they are not manipulated, coerced or "bullied" out of their rights. This is why in some States and Territories, it is mandatory by legislation to present a Working With Vulnerable People Check (WWVP) card.

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Who are vulnerable people or groups?

Most times, organisations don't pay attention to the difference between the general services they render and how it interconnects with vulnerable groups. Should these services extend from popular care services to services that involve frequent direct proximity or communication with them, you may need a Working with Vulnerable People Check.

The Australian Government (Department of Social Services) defines the vulnerable group as;


However, the States’ laws and requirements guiding working with vulnerable groups vary. In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the Working with Vulnerable People Registration extensively covers all services that have direct or indirect contact with vulnerable populations. In other States, the check is equivalent to a Working with Children Check (WWCC) registration.

The difference between a Police Check and a Working with Vulnerable People Registration

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.

Which States and Territories in Australia Require Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Checks?

The legislation across States and Territories in Australia varies in regards to WWVP Registrations. There is no single “national check” for wwvp registrations.

In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Tasmania (TAS), the legislation refers to “working with vulnerable people (WWVP)” which includes children however is also broader to incorporate other populations which may also be considered as “vulnerable”.

In South Australia (SA), New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD) and the Northern Territory (NT) the legislation refers to working with children (WWC) and pertains only to persons that have contact with children.

Does my business need a Working with Children or Working with Vulnerable People Check as a recruitment process?

Depending on the legislation in your state or territory (as shown further below for each state and territory), businesses that work with children or vulnerable or people either at the fringes or the centre of the circle may need to request either a Working with Vulnerable People Check or a Working with Children Check from their employees and volunteers.

A major pushing force for this type of Check is the rising reports/cases of abuses, exploitations, and co. vulnerable people suffer from those who are "supposed to provide various services" for them.

Is my Working with Vulnerable People Check valid in all Australian States and Territories?

Your Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP Check) is only valid in the State or Territory in which you apply for it. The WWVP check is not transferable between states.

One of the major causes for this is the specific legislation under each State and Territory that backs WWVP Checks. For example it means that an individual may need a Working with Children Check in VIC and a Working with Vulnerable People Check obtained in Tasmania if they work in both states.

So, if you are requested to apply for a Working Vulnerable Check in Australia, know that some of the requirements will vary depending on the State or Territory in which you are employed.

Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Registration in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

The ACT has a comprehensive WWVP Registration Scheme via Access Canberra which covers children and also the broader population of persons that may be considered “vulnerable”.

The WWVP Scheme in the ACT is based on the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.

Working with Vulnerable Checks are important in Canberra, ACT to help protect the vulnerable, aged and child population from exploitation and abuses. However, it should not be used as employment probity or check for unrelated roles as not every position requires a WWVP Check depending on stipulations by the Act.

In the ACT, a vulnerable person is defined as a child under the age of 18 years or an adult who is experiencing disadvantage (e.g. physical or mental disability, the poor, cannot communicate effectively, etc). and who accesses a regulated activity or service related to the disadvantage.

Regulated activities in the ACT which mandate working with vulnerable people checks include workers or volunteers engaged in the following services:

Applicants based in the Australian Capital Territory can apply for a Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWVP) in the ACT via the government screening unit below:

Name of Government Department in ACTDirect Link to ACT Government Screening UnitDirect Link to
ACT Government
Screening Unit
Access Canberrahttps://www.accesscanberra.act.
gov.au/app/answers/
detail/a_id/1804/~/working-
with-vulnerable-people
-%28wwvp%29-registration

Criminal History Checks for Canberra Business and Enterprise

Businesses and enterprises which do not fall under a “regulated activity” and therefore are not mandated to have workers carry a valid WWVP check can carry out Criminal Background Checks via Australian National Character Check. This can help mitigate workplace risk and assist employers and decision makers to make informed decisions when hiring new employees.

Organisations that are based in the ACT can engage Australian National Character Check to obtain National Criminal History Checks in the ACT online and fast.

Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check in Tasmania (TAS)

Working with children in Tasmania is regulated under the Vulnerable People Regulations 2014 and mostly relates to child related work. Everyone whose roles include frequent contact with children will need to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWVP).

You are eligible to apply for a WWVP Checks in Tasmania if you are;

These fall under the job description of:

If deemed suitable for the role, an employer, decision maker or a volunteer organisation may also require the job applicant to be registered with Tasmania’s WWVP scheme.

Applicants based in Tasmania can apply for a Working with Vulnerable People Check in TAS via the government screening unit below:

Name of Government Department in TASDirect Link to TAS Government Screening UnitDirect Link to
TAS Government
Screening Unit
Consumer, Building and Occupational Serviceshttps://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/
topics/licensing- and-registration/
registrations/work-with-
vulnerable-people/rwvp
-ndis-worker-screening

National Criminal History Checks for Business and Enterprise in Tasmania

Whilst a Tasmanian working with vulnerable people (WWVP) check may be mandatory for certain applicable roles in Tasmania (mostly child related roles) , a National Criminal History Check in Tasmania will assist as a strategy for organisations to mitigate risk when engaging personnel with other (broader) vulnerable groups which may not relate to child related work and therefore not fall under the mandatory requirement of a working with vulnerable people check in Tasmania - E.g. working with the aged for aged care police checks, the homeless, the poor, etc.

Organisations based in Tasmania can engage Australian National Character Check to obtain valid National Criminal History checks with the informed consent of the applicant via the Business Portal for Police Checks.

Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check in New South Wales (NSW)

In NSW there is currently no specific legislation covering working with vulnerable people checks (WWVP) however the registration required for an individual to be eligible to work with children is referred to as the Working with the Children Check (WWCC). The check remains valid for 5 years and the applicant is continuously monitored to see if they are eligible to maintain their registration.

Persons in NSW are exempt from the working with children check if their work is considered non-child related, for example:


Eligibility for a Working with Children Check in NSW

Application requirements

When applying, you will be requested to provide all your details including:

Applicants can apply for their Working with Children Check in NSW via the details below:

Name of Government Department in NSWDirect Link to NSW Government Screening UnitDirect Link to
NSW Government
Screening Unit
Office of the Children’s Guardianhttps://www.kidsguardian.
nsw.gov.au/child-safe-
organisations/working-
with-children-check

National Criminal History Checks for Business and Enterprise in New South Wales (NSW)

Whilst a working with children check for child related work is mandatory in NSW, decision makers and organisations based in NSW may also carry out Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks (NCCHC) as part of their internal risk mitigation strategies when engaging personnel with other (broader) vulnerable populations which may not relate to child related work (e.g. working with the aged, the homeless, the poor, etc.).

Organisations based in NSW can engage Australian National Character Check to obtain a valid National Criminal History Check in NSW with the informed consent of the applicant.

Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check in Victoria (VIC)

The state of Victoria currently mandates a working with children check (WWCC) for child related work however there is no legislation that currently mandates a working with vulnerable people check (WWVP).

In Victoria it is mandatory by law to obtain a working with children check if you are over 18, are engaging in voluntary or paid work for a regulated activity, and your work involves direct contact (physical or face-to-face contact, or written, oral or electronic communication) with a child or a number of children.

Applicants can apply for their Working with Children Check in the state of Victoria via the authorised government screening unit below:

Name of Government Department in VICDirect Link to VIC Government Screening UnitDirect Link to
VIC Government
Screening Unit
Department of Justice and Community Safetyhttps://www.workingwithchildren
.vic.gov.au

National Police Checks for Business and Enterprise in Victoria (VIC)

A working with children check for child related services may be mandatory in Victoria, however the check is not mandatory for workers that may be engaged with other (broader) vulnerable groups that are not classified as a “child'' or “children” e.g. the elderly, the poor, the homeless, etc.

Business and Enterprise based in Victoria may carry out National Criminal History Checks in Victoria as part of their internal risk mitigation strategies when placing persons into sensitive roles with vulnerable groups.

Organisations based in VIC can engage Australian National Character Check to obtain National Police Checks online and fast.

Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Checks in South Australia (SA)

Other than child related work, currently there are no specific laws in SA state legislation that mandate roles in the wider "Vulnerable work sphere" for obtaining a Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWVP Check).

It is important to note that persons who are engaged in employment or are volunteering with children in the state of South Australia (SA) must by law have a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) registration. This includes (and is not limited to) child related engagements in the following fields:

Applicants can apply for a Working with Children Check in SA via the details below:

Name of Government Department in SADirect Link to SA Government Screening UnitDirect Link to
SA Government
Screening Unit
Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening Unithttps://screening.sa.gov.au
/types-of-check/new-working
-with-children-checks

National Criminal History Checks for Enterprise and Business in South Australia (SA)

Whilst a working with children check for child related work is mandatory in SA, a National Criminal History Check in SA may stand in as a Check to help organisations mitigate risk when engaging personnel with other (broader) vulnerable groups which may not relate to child related work (e.g. working with the aged, the homeless, the poor, etc.).

Organisations based in South Australia can engage Australian National Character Check to obtain police checks online with the informed consent of the applicant.

Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP Check) in the Northern Territory (NT)

In NT there is currently no specific legislation covering working with vulnerable people checks (WWVP) however the registration required for an individual to be eligible to work with children is referred to as the Working with Children Clearance.

The working with children clearance is compulsory for those involved in roles that render services (paid or voluntary) to children in the Northern Territory. The Check is known as the Ochre Card in the Northern Territory (NT).

It is possible to get a Working with Children Check Clearance online in the Northern Territory when you apply through the NT POLICE SAFE portal. Payments can be done online through any of the various online payment portals including; Debit/Credit card, PayPal, and co.

You will need to provide some documents including;

Applicants based in the Northern Territory can apply for a Working with Children Clearance in the NT via the government screening unit below:

Name of Government Department in NTDirect Link to NT Government Screening UnitDirect Link to
NT Government
Screening Unit
NT Police Safe NThttps://nt.gov.au/emergency
/community-safety/apply
-for-a-working-with-children
-clearance

Criminal Background Checks for Business and Enterprise in the Northern Territory (NT)

Whilst a Ochre Card is mandatory for child related roles in the NT, a National Criminal History Check in NT assists organisations to mitigate risk when engaging personnel with other (broader) vulnerable groups which may not be related to child related work - E.g. working with the aged, homeless, the poor, etc.

Organisations based in NT can engage Australian National Character Check to obtain valid Australian Police Checks with the informed consent of the applicant online and fast.

Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check in Western Australia (WA)

Western Australia (WA) does not currently have legislation that mandates a broader working with vulnerable people registration scheme (WWVP) however there is legislation in WA that mandates Working with Children Checks (WWC Checks) for any person that engages in paid or volunteer work with children, described as ‘child-related work’ under WA’s WWC Act.

Working with Children in Western Australia is supervised under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004.

Any individual in WA that hopes to work or currently works in a child related activity must apply for a Working with Children Check registration.

Applicants must be 18 or older by the time of application.

Applicants based in Western Australia can apply for a Working with Children Check via the government screening unit below:

Name of Government Department in WADirect Link to WA Government Screening UnitDirect Link to
WA Government
Screening Unit
Department of Communitieshttps://workingwithchildren.
wa.gov.au/about/
categories-of-child
-related-work

National Criminal Clearance Checks for Business and Enterprise in WA

Whilst a working with children check registration is mandatory by law for child related roles in WA, a National Police Clearance in WA assists organisations to mitigate risk when engaging personnel with other (broader) vulnerable groups which may not be related to child related services - E.g. working with the aged, homeless, the poor, etc.

WA based businesses and enterprises can engage Australian National Character Check to obtain national police clearance certificates online and fast.

Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check in Queensland (QLD)

The Australian State of Queensland does not currently stipulate legislation which specifically mandates working with vulnerable people (WWVP) registration. In QLD, you must hold a Blue Card to work or volunteer with children in Queensland, or run a child-related business. The blue card however specifically relates to child related services and does not include broader vulnerable groups.

For the Blue Card, QLD runs a "no card, no start" policy. All workers that fall under the State's provision for child related services must possess a Blue Card.

Applicants based in Queensland can apply for a Blue Card via the government screening unit below:

Name of Government Department in QLDDirect Link to QLD Government Screening UnitDirect Link to
QLD Government
Screening Unit
Blue Card Serviceshttps://www.qld.gov.au/
law/laws-regulated-
industries-and-accountability
/queensland-laws-and-
regulations/regulated-industries
-and-licensing/blue-
card-services

National Criminal History Checks for Business and Enterprises in QLD

Whilst a Blue Card is mandatory for engaging personnel in child related services in QLD, a QLD National Criminal History Check enables organisations to mitigate risk when engaging personnel with broader vulnerable groups who are not related to child related work - For example, working with the aged, working with the homeless, working with the poor, etc.

Business and enterprise in QLD can engage Australian National Character Check to obtain Criminal Record Checks with the informed consent of the applicant and therefore make informed decisions when entrusting workers with broader vulnerable groups.

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