In Tasmania, key child safety responsibilities for sport and recreation include:
Sporting organisations have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that all persons required to hold their registration to Work with Vulnerable People are compliant in order to reduce the risk of harm to children and vulnerable adults.
The Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act, 2013 applies to anyone involved in child-related work or volunteering in Tasmania. The Act states that anyone who is involved in a regulated activity must hold valid registration to work with children and vulnerable people. Regulated activities include cultural, recreational, sporting or community activities delivered by clubs, associations or other similar bodies.
If you are engaging a volunteer or a paid worker, you need to verify whether they hold valid registration to work with vulnerable people before they start work. Clubs and associations should not accept the registration card alone as evidence. The system of verifying a registration is online, through the Check the status of registration page on the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (CBOS) website.
Applications for Registration to Work with Vulnerable People are lodged online via the Apply for registration page on the CBOS website. Once you have completed your application you must verify your identity and pay the registration fee at Service Tasmania.
Once your application has been assessed you will be issued with either a Registration to Work with Vulnerable People card or a refusal. In all cases before final refusal, a preliminary negative notice will be issued which will provide the applicant with the opportunity to provide further information.
There are two classes of registration - Employment/Volunteer or Volunteer only.
The person applying is responsible. Contact your club or association to find out their policy in relation to reimbursement for members registering to work with vulnerable people.
You may not need to apply for Registration to Work with Vulnerable People if:
Your records will be assessed to see if you have charges or convictions that indicate you pose a risk of harm to a child.
This includes information about:
The registration is valid for three years. If your criminal history changes, you must advise the Department of Justice within ten days of being charged with a relevant offence. This can be done by visiting the Registration holder obligations page on the CBOS website.
Your registration will be subject to ongoing monitoring for new offences for its three-year lifespan. Some offences will trigger a risk assessment, which could lead to your registration being cancelled.
Yes, it is transferable to any organisation in which you work or volunteer with children.
Employers, clubs and associations must have an administrative process in place to ensure employees and volunteers who carry out child-related work hold a valid Registration to Work with Vulnerable People card. Contact your state sporting organisation to determine what policies they have in place for registering to work with vulnerable people.
A Working with Children and Vulnerable People Policy applies to all members and activities within your sport that involve children and vulnerable adults. If your sport is yet to develop a policy, there is a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Policy template and fact sheet available on the Child Safe Sport page on the Communities, Sport and Recreation website.
You can use equivalent interstate Working with Children Registration in Tasmania for up to 28 days. For further information check online on the Interstate and overseas applicants page of the CBOS website.
More resources are available on the Resources page of the CBOS website
Phone: 1300 654 499
In Tasmania, members of certain professions are legally obliged to report child abuse or neglect to the Child Safety Service under the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1997.
All adults in our community regardless of their legal reporting obligations have a moral obligation to look out for children and keep them safe.
An important early step if you are worried about a child is to contact the Child Safety Service Advice and Referral Line. A staff member will talk to you about the situation, answer your questions, give you information or advice and assess the risk to the child based on the information you disclose and any other information available to them.
Any reasonable suspicion of neglect or abuse should be reported. People who call the Advice and Referral Line have a legal right to confidentiality.
What child safe practices can we adopt at our club/association? There is a lot more to keeping children safe in sport, than just complying with the legal requirements of the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act.
Developing practices to create a child safe culture in your sport, not only minimises the risk of child abuse, but also creates supportive physical and emotional boundaries in which children can participate. Keeping children feeling safe is everyone’s responsibility.
Child-safe practices include staff and volunteers receiving induction on your sport’s child safety policies, knowing who to notify should they have suspicions a child may be at risk of harm and training your coaches to work with children in a manner that recognises their physical and emotional needs.
Do you need more information? Visit the Create a child safe organisation page on the Play by the Rules website.
Updated: January 2019