Working with Vulnerable People Application for Registration
Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011

About this form

The Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (the WWVP Act) commenced on 8 November 2012. It aims to reduce the incidence of sexual, physical, emotional harm or neglect to vulnerable people in the ACT.

The WWVP Act requires those who work or volunteer with vulnerable people in regulated activities to have a background check and be registered.

The premise of background checking is that the past behaviour of an individual can provide an indication of the possible future behaviour of that individual. Examples or patterns of abusive or inappropriate behaviour can sometimes be evident in information available for assessment, which includes an individual’s criminal record.

The ACT Government considers that the creation of a checking system with appropriate safeguards for people who work with, or who want to work with vulnerable people is consistent with section 28 of the Human Rights Act 2004.

For information on renewing a working with vulnerable people registration refer to the Working with vulnerable people (WWVP) registration renewal page.

An application fee applies to people who are employed to work with vulnerable people. Registration is free for volunteers, however if the volunteer also works in a regulated activity they are still required to pay the fee.

Please note, the application fee is not refundable if you select 'employee' instead of 'volunteer' on your application form, become suspended, withdraw your application, or your application is cancelled.


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