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From this year - 2010 - Working with Children Cards are compulsory for all Adults* working in Pony Club
It is the responsibility of all District Commisioners to ensure that any Adult instructing at their club; who is not exempt by the criteria listed below*, has a current WWC card. New instructors are allowed one rally to get this organized
How much does it cost?
The Working with Childrens Check is free for volunteers and $77.80 (2010) for paid workers.
Where do I lodge my paperwork?
Australia Post is the only place to obtain forms and lodge the Working with Childrens Check.
What about exemptions?
If you are a parent with a child in the club you are exempt. This applies to grandparents and closely related persons. (see definitions on website); but not District Commissioners - DC's must complete a successful Working With Children Check
Persons under 18 or Police Officers or Teachers do not need a check.
Parents and grandparents etc (see definition) who are on a committee with a child in the club are exempt. Parents and grandparents instructing, officiating with their own child at the rally or competition day are exempt.
PCAV will not be keeping a database of WWCC successful applicants. You do not need to send anything to PCAV. It is the responsibility of the individual to apply for the card, unless exempt, and keep it with them when working with children.
Clubs must ask to see WWC cards for non-exempt persons who work with children. If they are not exempt and do not have a card by 30 June 2009, they cannot participate at pony club.
When applying for the WWC Check, applicants must nominate PCAV as an organisation on the form.
There are heavy penalties for non-compliance and the government will be conducting audits at club level.
For more information go to
www.justice.vic.gov.au or call 1300 652 879.