Changes to Working with Children Checks

From 1 August 2017, changes to the Working with Children Act come into effect across Australia and De La Salle College is prepared for the impact this will have on our community.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made several recommendations aimed at strengthening the protection children receive through Working with Children Checks. The amendments to the Working with Children Act 2005, which come into effect on 1 August 2017, are the government’s response to implementing these recommendations.

For example, all parents who volunteer at school canteens or on stalls at school fetes will need a WWC Check from 1 August 2017.

Department of Justice and Regulation Deputy Secretary Ryan Phillips said that the Government is, “encouraging people who want to engage in child-related work to start applying for their WWC Check now to ensure that they can continue to participate in their community as volunteers, or in sporting or educational activities with children, after the changes come into effect”.

If the changes impact on your paid or volunteer work, the best way to guarantee that you are ready is to make an application now so you have a valid WWC Check card well in advance,” he said.

WWC Check applications can be made online at and are free for volunteers.

Please read the media release for more information.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

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