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References for working with children checks

References for working with children checks.

VLA Learning Hub

Working with children checks

This lecture, delivered by VLAs Gemma Cafarella and Damian Stock from the Economic and Social Rights Program, aims to assist lawyers interested in doing working with children checks casework. The session provides an overview of the legal framework, gives participants an understanding of how to challenge a WWCC decision at VCAT, including case strategies, and outlines some ethical issues lawyers may face in these matters.

See Working with children checks(opens in a new window)

Access for Community legal centres

This lecture can be viewed online by Community Legal Centre staff and volunteers. To gain access staff will need to contact the Professional Legal Education team and ask for the link and password. Lecture materials can also be provided on request.

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VLA Professional support — Civil law resources

The Professional support team have resources to support staff with civil justice law practice. The content includes 'Latest updates' and 'Civil law reform' and 'civil justice resources' which links to topics of information in civil law areas.

See Practice resources—Civil justice resources—Working with children checks(opens in a new window).

For information about changes to working with children checks see Practice resources—Civil justice resources—Amendments to the Working with children Act Scheme(opens in a new window).

There is also a best practice guide, developed by Fiona Brice and updated in March 2021.

See Best practice guide to conducting review applications under the Working with Children check scheme (docx, 147 KB)(opens in a new window).

VLA—Best practice guide to conducting review applications under the Working with Children check scheme.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

VCAT has jurisdiction to review decisions from the Department of Health and Human Services if a person is refused a working with children check.

See VCAT—Working with Children Act 2005(opens in a new window).

See also VCAT—Review and regulation(opens in a new window).

Australian Institute of Family Studies

This site compares the different requirements for getting a police check or a working with children check across the various Australian states and territories.

See Australian Institute of Family Studies—Pre-employment screening: Working with Children Checks and Police Checks(opens in a new window).

VLA policies and procedures (intranet)

This policy explains VLA's requirements for staff relating to working with children checks.

See VLA policies and procedures—Working with children check(opens in a new window).