The Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (WWVP Act) commenced on 8 November 2012. The idea of background checking is that the past behaviour of an individual provides 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.
What Does This Mean For Me?
The WWVP Act requires people to be registered with the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS), Justice and Community Safety Directorate if engaging in certain activities or services for vulnerable people(children and vulnerable adults). Activities and services that are covered under the WWVP Act are called 'Regulated Activities'. The WWVP Act will begin in different years depending on the type of activity or service you work in:
- in the first year, between 8 November 2012 and 7 November 2013, all employees and volunteers who provide regulated activities and services to children will need to be registered.
- all employees and volunteers providing regulated activities and services to vulnerable people are required to be registered between years two and six.
- In year four, there will be a review of the scheme. Only new employees and volunteers who participate in regulated activities covered in years one to three will be able to apply for registration. There will also be renewals for people who were registered in year one.
The registration process will include a national criminal history check that will include relevant information from a range of agencies including state and territory police and child protection services. Once the application is received, a risk assessment will be completed using the approved risk assessment guidelines. Individuals that pose an unacceptable risk may be stopped from working withvulnerable people.
Where Can I Find Out More Information?
For a detailed overview, the WWVP legislation can be found on the ACT Legislation Register: Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 and via ORS.
To register visit: Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)