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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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 all grant recipients will need to provide confirmation of the following to the NIAA annually:

  • that the grant recipient complies with all relevant WWVP State or Territory legislation for working with vulnerable people, including children;
  • the grant recipients level of contact with vulnerable people, including children, for the activities funded by the NIAA;
  • (if the level of contact with vulnerable people, including children is medium or above) that a risk assessment is in place to identify the level of contact with vulnerable people including children and the level of risk of harm or abuse, and implement appropriate strategies to manage those risks;
  • (if the level of contact with vulnerable people, including children is medium or above) that the grant training and compliance regimes are in place regarding WWVP.

Where can I get further information?

Please contact your agreement manager if you have any questions or require further information.


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