Reforms to strengthen Working with Children Checks have come into effect

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Reforms to strengthen Working with Children Checks came into effect on 1 July 2023. These changes help to better protect children by making it harder for people who have committed certain offences or engaged in certain conduct to obtain a Working with Children Card.
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The main changes include: 

  • increasing the number of Class 1 and Class 2 offences that may stop a person getting a Working with Children Check
  • ensuring people who have been denied a Working with Children Card cannot access exemptions for parent and child volunteers 
  • better sharing of information between government agencies
  • the WWC Screening Unit may receive conduct review findings or outcomes from the Teacher Registration Board of WA and the Ombudsman WA (this is discretionary), which could trigger a re-assessment of someone’s Working with Children Card 
  • increasing compliance powers for the Working with Children Screening Unit, including the ability to apply for and execute entry warrants, inspect, search, and remove anything from the premises, and to direct a person to provide information or documents
  • requiring Working with Children cardholders and applicants to notify the Working with Children Screening Unit of a change in name, residential address, contact details and child-related work status (starting or ceasing). 

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