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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.

Important information for Teachers

If you intend to teach in Tasmania in 2017, you need to hold Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP).

Remember:  NO registration to work with vulnerable people = NO teaching

AND you must provide your RWVP registration number to the Teachers Registration Board

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 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

Change from volunteer to employment/volunteer

To change your class of registration, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the changing your details page and select the Online Registration Amendment Form. After entering registered details you will be sent a verification code (SMS or email).  Enter this code into the webpage field to gain access to your registered details.
  2. Update the class of registration from volunteer to employment/volunteer, list the details of your employer/s and volunteer bodies and pay the change of class fee of $88.74.The fee can be paid online by credit card or delayed and paid at Service Tasmania. A new card will be sent to you within 21 days.

Working with vulnerable adults

The next stage for the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People process is to require people working with vulnerable adults to be registered.

Details of the phase in schedule will be published here once it becomes available.

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)


From 1 July 2016:

Employment/Volunteer $107.10

Volunteer only $18.36

Change of class $88.74

Replacement registration card $38.25

The fee is not refundable. This means you pay the fee regardless of whether you withdraw your application or if your application is unsuccessful.

For more information

Call 1300 654 499

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