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Audit of new Working With Children Check kicks off

4 April 2014

The Office of the Children's Guardian has commenced the first stage of its auditing and compliance program in relation to the new Working With Children Check.

The OCG Compliance Program is gathering information and conducting analysis of how organisations administer the new Working With Children Check online process and how informed they are about the changes. 

More than 3,400 employers are affected by the first phase in of child-related workers and volunteers who were due to have a new Working With Children Check by 31 March 2014. The first phase in group includes:

  1. Child Protection;
  2. Disability Services;
  3. Justice Services
  4. Religious organisations (religious leaders);
  5. Youth Workers;
  6. Authorised carers
  7. Adults who reside in the home of an authorised carer or family day care service provider or home-based education and care service provider.

The risk based and random audits, including site visits, will look at child-related workers and volunteers in these sectors who have not applied for, and employers who have not verified, a new Working With Children Check.

Eligible employers and workers need to ensure that they are meeting their legal responsibilities under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

For more information contact the OCG Compliance team on compliance@kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9286 7247.