Some partner organisations may require you to complete a Working with Children Check (WWCC) in order to complete a WIL activity with them.The WWCC focuses on specific types of offences that relate to children and assesses a person’s suitability to work with children. It is a legal requirement for those undertaking paid or voluntary child-related work in all Australian states and territories. Similar requirements may be required for placements in other countries.
- You are required by law to list RMIT as the organisation through which you will be undertaking child-related work
- If you already have a WWCC for employment purposes you must add RMIT as a volunteer organisation
- If you pass the WWCC you will be mailed a card that is valid for 5 years unless suspended or revoked
- You should take your WWCC Card to the first day of placement in case you are required to present it prior to commencing with the organisation
Both volunteer and employee WWCC Cards are available. An Employee Card costs around $100 depending on where it is issued but allows you to engage in any paid or voluntary ‘child-related work’. A Volunteer Card is free but can only be used for voluntary child-related work. It is unlawful to engage in paid employment with a Volunteer card.
A Negative Notice is issued when it is considered that an applicant poses a risk to the safety of children. This prohibits the applicant from engaging in any child-related work even if they are directly supervised. If an applicant receives a Negative Notice, they cannot apply for another WWCC for a period of 5 years, unless their circumstances have changed.
A Negative Notice may prevent you from accessing a suitable WIL activity and may delay or prevent you from progressing through your program.