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Working with Children Registration

Do you work or volunteer with children?

Between 1 July 2014 and the end of 2016 if you want to work or volunteer with children, you might need to apply for this new Registration.

Why do I need to be registered?

The aim is to keep our children as safe as possible by reducing the incidence of sexual, physical, psychological, emotional harm or neglect of children in Tasmania.

Tasmania will come into line with all other Australian States and Territories who already have similar registration processes.

What does the process involve?

This new Registration process will require:

  • an application
  • proof of identity
  • the payment of a fee
  • a national criminal history assessment and ongoing monitoring
  • a risk assessment

When do I need to register?

To find out when the new registration will become compulsory, find your sector in A guide to the 3-year phased in approach for child-related sectors (PDF, 12 Pages).

If you need more information on each sector, you can view more guides here.

Applicants that urgently need to start work in a regulated role before their registration is approved should discuss with their employer or volunteer body the conditions of the Supervised Employment Statutory Declaration (PDF File, 1 page). This declaration is completed by the applicant and supplied to the employer or volunteer body. It is not required to be lodged with Service Tasmania or the Working with Children Registration unit. Please note: This Statutory Declaration cannot be used for overnight stays under any circumstances.

Registration timeline

1 May 2016 registration required for:

  • Child accommodation service
  • Child transport service (including ancillary certificate holders)

1 August 2016 registration required for:

  • Child health program and child health service
  • Child mentoring service (includes youth worker service)

1 September 2016 registration required for:

  • Child education service (government schools) - includes TasTAFE
  • State library service

1 January 2017 registration required for:

  • vocational education and training service
  • emergency services personnel (not engaged in emergency management activities)
    • Applications open 1 July 2016
  • Registered teachers
    • Applications open 1 May 2016

1 March 2017 registration required for:

  • child-related legal services
    • Applications for the above activity will open on 1 December 2016

Legislation Changes

Parliament recently passed amendments to the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013.

For a full summary of these changes see the Legislation Changes Fact Sheet (PDF File, 374.4KB)

Fees

From 1 July 2016:

Employment/Volunteer $107.10

Volunteer only $18.36

Change of class $88.74

Replacement registration card $38.25

For more information

Call 1300 654 499

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