Working with Vulnerable People, including children

The Department welcomes the report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) and acknowledges the significant amount of work undertaken by the Royal Commission over the five years of its inquiry.

The Department is committed to making Australia a safe place for all children and shares this responsibility with all members of the community, institutions and Australian Government grant recipients. Therefore, in response to the Royal Commission, the Department is making a number of internal and external changes to strengthen how we protect young and vulnerable people in our community.

One of the changes is in the way in which Australian Government grant recipients manage and comply with Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) including children requirements within state and territory legislation.

What are the changes?

From 1 July 2018, the Department will work with grant recipients on a two stage implementation process.

Stage 1 will see all grant recipients issued with a Notice of Change to the Department’s Funding Agreement. This notice will update current reporting requirements to include reporting on WWVP and the submission of a Statement of Compliance with WWVP requirements in state and territory legislation to the Department. You must sign and return the Statement of Compliance by 1 August 2018. If you are unable to do so, please contact your agreement manager.

Stage 2 will involve the Department working with grant recipients to meet new reporting requirements which include:

  • Undertaking a risk assessment on the level of responsibility for WWVP.
  • Establishing and reporting on a training and compliance regime for staff on WWVP.
  • Providing an annual statement of compliance.

As this is a new process for all, the Department will provide up to three months for grant recipients to meet the new reporting requirements and we will work with grant recipients to achieve this by 31 October 2018.

Where can I get further information?

The Department (through your agreement managers) will be contacting all current grant recipients to provide further advice and guidance on the new reporting requirements. A number of resources have been developed and further guidance material will also be published throughout the implementation stages

Please contact WWVP@pmc.gov.au if you have any questions.

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