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APA (NSW) Member Update – Working with Children Check

APA (NSW) Member Update

Working with Children Check

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Dear Member,

APA (NSW) delegates have recently been answering many questions about the new Working with Children Check (WWCC) which requires relevant employees of the NSW Ambulance to put in application by 31 March 2018 unless you are an employee who commenced working for NSW Ambulance on or after 15 June 2013.

As a result of changes to legislation, employees are now required to carry out a WWCC every 5 years. Employees will be required to apply for the WCC and pay $80 fee out of their own pocket.

APA (NSW) supports the new WWCC system which is designed to ensure the safety of children in NSW. However, APA (NSW) believes essential requirements of employment should be funded by the employer; it should not come out of the employee’s own pocket. A case was run in the IRC in early 2015 where this view was put forward and it was requested that the amount be reimbursed to the employee by Unions NSW. APA (NSW) (then EMSPA) was a party to the proceedings. Unfortunately, the IRC did not make a decision in favour of the employee due to the constraints of the wages policy. As such, it was determined by the Commission that employees would have to bear the cost.

APA (NSW) has today contacted the Office of the Children’s Guardian for clarification with respect to phase in dates. The Office of the Children’s Guardian confirmed that there is no requirement for existing NSW Ambulance employees to apply for the WWCC any earlier than the cut-off date of 31 March 2018. That is, an application for the WWCC has to be in by this date but the application is not required to be finalised by this date. Section 8 of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 allows you to work in child related employment with a current WWCC application number while your application is being finalised.   We encourage members to keep their invoices of fee paid to claim as a deduction on

their tax.    For further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact APA (NSW) or go to FAQ section of the Office of the Children’s Guardian website which gives further information about the requirements:

http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-childrencheck/faq
Regards,

APA (NSW) Executive

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