WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK The WWC Check is a NSW State Government requirement that applies to persons who work or volunteer with children (aged under 18 years). It is a process that checks the background of persons who apply to work or volunteer with children (u18) in sports clubs, community groups, schools, child care centres, church groups and other child based organisations and sectors.
It is a process that now requires people who work or volunteer with children to hold a WWC Number that shows they have had a WWC Check and are cleared to work with children. WWC Check Compliance - Workers & Volunteers in sport
How do I obtain a Working with Children Check and WWC Number?
If you are a person who will be working or volunteering with children (aged u18) in sport in 2015, you will be required to provide your WWC Number to your club. If you already hold a WWC Number, you will need to provide it to your club.
If you do not have a WWC Number yet, you will need to apply on-line for a Working with Children Check so that you can obtain your WWC Number.
Note: Before you apply for your WWC Check, please check the Exemptions list below as some people are exempt.
To apply for your WWC Check, click on the link below and follow the instructions. Once you complete the on-line application you will be required to attend a Motor Registry and show proof of ID. If you are a volunteer in sport, there will be no cost for your WWC Check, as it is free for volunteers. If you are paid to work in sport your WWC Check will cost you $80 and is payable at the Motor Registry.
Once your WWC Check application has been lodged and you have been to the Motor Registry, you will receive your WWC Number by email, usually within 2 weeks. (Allow longer at peak times). Click here to Apply for the WWC Check online WWC Exemptions
Some people in sport are exempt from the WWC Check process and do not require a WWC Number. Exempt are:
Persons under 18 years of age
Volunteer parent who only coaches or manages their own child's team
Volunteer who only coaches or manages a close relative's team (see definition below)
Canteen managers, canteen workers and caterers
Grounds persons "Close Relative" - A spouse or de facto partner of the person; or a child, step-child, sibling, step-sibling, parent, step-parents, grandparent, step-grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew of the person.
What do Exempt Persons sign?
If you are exempt from the WWCC, then instead of providing a WWC Number to your club, you must complete a FNSW Member Protection Declaration and provide it to your club. Referees must also complete a FNSW Member Protection Declaration and provided it to their Referee Branch. Only persons who are in the WWC Exemptions list are permitted to provide a Member Protection Decelaration to their club instead of a WWC Number.
All persons who work or volunteer with children u18 in sport are legally required to provide a WWC Number to their club (unless they are exempt as listed above) - there are no exceptions.
I have my WWC Number, now what do I do with it?
Once you receive your WWC Number you must provide it to your Club. The club will then verify the WWC Number on-line and keep a record of the verification.
WWC Check Compliance - Clubs, Associations & Referee Branches
FNSW Member Protection Declaration form (MPD)
A FNSW Member Protection Declaration must be completed by all persons aged over 16 years who work or volunteer with children aged under 18 and who are exempt from the Working with Children Check. The MPD must be completed and returned to the club. The club holds the MPD on file for 3 years. The completion of an MPD form is a FNSW requirement.
Member Protection Declaration Form New Working with Children Check & Working with Children Numbers
Clubs must advise any person (over 18 years) in a paid or volunteer role working with children (U18) that they must apply for a Working with Children Check and obtain a WWC Number to be able to work or volunteer with children.
There are WWC exemptions and these are listed in the section above.
The person working or volunteering with children must then provide their WWC Number to their club. The WWC number should be provided at the commencement of their work/volunteering. If a person is unable to provide their WWC Number within a reasonable time or refuses to obtain a WWC Number then that person is not permitted by law to work with children.