Working With Children Policy & Application Procedures

Attached please find information about the NEW Working With Children Checks that are relevant for all Men’s Sheds who conduct programs which include contact with young people aged under 18 years of age.

In the past, where contact with young people was possible, Sheds were required to have their members complete a Volunteer Declaration form in order to meet the requirements of Working with Children. As from 1 July 2013 a new on line registration system has been introduced which has a currency of 5 years. For Volunteers this process has no cost, apart from your time. You can use the same Working With Children Clearance number for all groups that you Volunteer for, but need to have a different Clearance if you undertake paid work with Children.
The implementation for Volunteer groups runs from 01 January-31 December 2015, so Sheds should start getting members on line and into the system, particularly with new members who have not been a part of the old paper copy Volunteer Declaration forms.
Using the link at the bottom of this page, or by searching for 'New Working with Children Checks' you will find a link to an application form on which you record your details, including what you will use for photo identification. After entering the details you will be issued with an Application Number - you should print off this page as you need to have this number recorded before Step 2 can be undertaken. Step 2 is taking your Identification and the Application number to an RMS or other listed Government Office to have your identification recorded.
Your Working With Children Clearance number will be sent to you by email or post. It will begin with WWC, have 7 digits, and then end with the letter V.
It is the responsibility of Shed members to obtain this clearance by the end of December 2015, and then to give their Clearance number to their Shed's nominated recorder of membership details, or Shed Protection Officer. A  WWC Shed Records   Excel Spreadsheet is attached that you might want to use to record this information in your records.
For members without on line access to this process, Sheds might consider assisting by making a laptop or computer available at a Shed meeting day, with a printer, to undertake Step 1. You could use a generic Shed email account as the recorded contact detail. It is also possible to apply over the phone, with this information being on the government website. 

If you have any queries regarding this process, you can contact Ian Tooke, Zone 4 Representative AMSA NSW by phone or email.

Phone: 63682574 or Mobile 0409590547          Email: tookeian@yahoo.com

Here is the link to the on line application page to help you get started. www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

Sample WWC Shed Records Sheet

Surname Given Name Gender Birth Date Working With Children Clearance Expiry Date
        WWC