Working with children

Working with children

Children clearances help protect children from harm. The schemes operate differently across the country. In some states optometrists are required to hold a check while in others they are exempt and checks are only eligible in the state of issue. Employers should also check requirements for non-optometric staff working with children. Optometrists practising interstate should check the relevant website.’

ACT     Working with vulnerable people check
http://www.ors.act.gov.au/community/working_with_vulnerable_people
mandatory
NSW Working with children check
http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/New-Working-with-Children-Check
mandatory
NT Working with children clearance
http://www.workingwithchildren.nt.gov.au/
mandatory
QLD Blue Card
http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/employees/Healthcounsellingandsupportservices.html

exempt
SA Child Safe Environments
It is mandatory to have either a Criminal History report (refer http://www.families.sa.gov.au/pages/protectingchildren/CSEHome/?reFlag=1) or a Child Related Employment Screening certificate http://www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/services/screening

mandatory
VIC Working with children check
http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/utility/home/
exempt
WA Working with children check
http://www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/checkwwc
exempt
TAS Optometrists registered with AHPRA are exempt at the moment. The Department plans to remove this exemption in the near future. Other staff only require the Working with Children Registration (WWCR) if their role is specifically dealing with children only. If serving the general community, no WWCR is required. The same will apply to AHPRA registrants when the exemption is eventually removed. http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children/who_needs_registration

* information accurate as at September 2015

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