Working with Vulnerable People

Working with vulnerable people

The Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (WWVP Act) aims to reduce the risk of harm or neglect of vulnerable people in the ACT.

The WWVP Act requires people who work or volunteer with children or vulnerable people in regulated activities and services to be registered with Access Canberra.
Many registrations for working or volunteering with children are due to expire in the following areas:

  • Child Protection Services
  • Justice Facilities for Children
  • Childcare Services
  • Child Education Services
  • Child Accommodation Services
  • Counselling and Support Services for Children
  • Commercial Services for Children.

Individuals

People already registered cannot continue to work or volunteer without a current registration.  Individuals already registered are asked to check the expiry date on their card. If your registration is due to expire in the next three months, renew now.

Not everyone is required to be registered.  If you are unsure whether you need to be registered, take the online test at www.act.gov.au/wwvptakethetest

Employers

Employers who employ people to work or volunteer with children or vulnerable people in the ACT also have responsibilities under the WWVP Act. 

It is an offence to employ people without current registrations in one of the specified “regulated activities and services” if they work or volunteer with children and vulnerable people.  Employers are asked to check that staff have current registrations and are complying with any conditions on the back of the registration card.

Parents and Carers

Parents and carers can help protect children and vulnerable people by checking for a Registration Card and checking the expiry date. If you believe a person is required to be registered, and cannot produce their card contact Access Canberra.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about working or volunteering with children and vulnerable people in the ACT contact Access Canberra.

Web: www.act.gov.au/accessCBR   Phone: 132 281