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Working with children checks - regulation consultation

New regulations supporting laws on checks for people working or volunteering with children have been drafted and are now open for community consultation.

Your feedback is sought on the specific rules and details contained in the regulations.

Information provided during the consultation will be used to inform regulations needed to support the commencement of the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 that has not yet started.

Email submissions to wwcc [at] sa.gov.au

Written submissions to:
Working with Children Checks Consultation
c/o Legislative Services
Attorney-General’s Department
GPO Box 464
Adelaide  SA  5001

Closing date for submissions: Friday 23 March 2018

Background information
The Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 was passed by Parliament in November 2016. However, current screening practices continue to apply.  When the regulations are finalised and the Act commences the new system of working with children checks will start.
Who will be affected?
Any organisation or individual who works or volunteers with children or young people will need to comply with the new laws once they commence. Who exactly is affected will be determined through the consultation on the regulations. If you require screening under the current law, it is likely that this will under the new Act once it commences.

Provisions will be put in place to give people time to get their working with children check.
Information about the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016

The Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 provides a more consistent, efficient and transparent system in line with recommendations from the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission.

Under the new system checks will be:

  • valid for a period of five years
  • transferable between different jobs or volunteer positions
  • continuously monitored as new information – such as a new criminal conviction – becomes available
  • undertaken through a single, centralised assessment unit responsible for all working with children checks on individuals.

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