Working with Vulnerable People

As a parent or carer of a young Possum, you are also required by law to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Card. Without the card you will be unable to fulfill your parent roster duty or engage in any form of volunteering within Possums. The card itself is valid for three years and you will find is required anyway for primary school and other child related services or organisations.

You can apply for the card in person at Canberra Connect shopfronts or by mail.

You can download a copy of the form here http://www.ors.act.gov.au/community/working_with_vulnerable_people/forms_and_fees

As a volunteer you are not required to pay a fee for the card.

The Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (the Act)┬ácommenced on 8 November 2012, with individuals working or volunteering in ‘Activities or Services for Children’ having until 7 November 2013 to become registered. Individuals working or volunteering with other groups of vulnerable people will need to register between years 2 and 6 of the scemes operation.
The Act aims to reduce the risk of harm or neglect to vulnerable people in the A.C.T.
The Act requires people who have contact with vulnerable people while engaging in regulated activities and services to register with the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS).

For further information, please feel free to ask a teacher or committee member or refer to the government website here

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