Working With Children Checks
by Clare Cromarty
Working with Children Registration aims to reduce the potential for sexual, physical, psychological, emotional or financial harm or neglect of children in Tasmania.
People from Yachting Clubs and Associations must hold registration by 1 April 2015 to participate in a number of roles. There is a full list of activities that require registration in the sector guide, which is available below.
Working with Children Registration provides a minimum screening process for people working or volunteering in these organisations. The new law requires registration for some important roles within child related organisations, but importantly allows organisations to adjust the screening requirements to suit their particular organisation.
There are a number of exemptions under the new law regarding situations where people engaged in regulated activities need not apply. These exemptions can be overridden if, after assessment of the risk of harm to children, an organisation determines that it wants these roles to be included in their screening regime.
Importantly – responsibility for screening rests with the body that engages volunteers and employees – so your club is liable if there are people operating under your banner that should be registered but have not been screened and do not hold current registration.