Working with Vulnerable People
All volunteers and other visitors to schools, unless they meet exemption criteria, are required to hold an appropriate Working With Vulnerable People registration with the Office of Regulatory Service to engage in activities involving contact with children.
Volunteers who regularly work with children in classrooms and other school activities will need to be registered.
Parents and members of the community make a valuable contribution in a diversity of roles. Wanniassa School looks forward to your continued support in whatever capacity you choose. For more information and to download application/registration forms please visit www.ors.act.gov.au/community/working_with_vulnerable_people
What the Working With Vulnerable People Act means for parents who volunteer at school
Since the introduction of the Working With Vulnerable People Act, some parents and members of the Wanniassa School community have been expressing uncertainty about the need for volunteers to register with the Office of Regulatory Services to provide volunteer services to the school.
Volunteers who regularly work with children in classrooms or regularly make contact with children during other school activities will need to be registered. If you are unsure whether you need to be registered, please contact Karin Nagorcka.
Some volunteers may choose not to register but to continue supporting the school by reducing the number of days on which they work so as to avoid exceeding statutory limits. There may also be opportunities for volunteers to participate in forms of work which are not considered education activities or involve contact with children and do not require volunteers to be registered.
Where this is not possible, it may be necessary to apply for a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. There is no cost for volunteers.
The new Working With Vulnerable People scheme has meant that all volunteers, new and continuing, will need to complete a new School Volunteer Nomination Form and to sign in each day they work at Wanniassa School.
We are strengthening protection for children, but we depend on our volunteers in a variety of ways and look forward to your continued support in whatever capacity you choose.