Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012

Commencement of amendments to the Working with Children Act

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    Amendments to the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 commenced 1 September 2022.

    From 1 September 2022 the Working with Children Act will:

    • Authorise exchange of certain working with children check information with interstate screening agencies.
    • Facilitate NSW participation in a national database of negative working with children check decisions (the National Reference System).
    • Prevent persons who have been convicted of bestiality or serious animal cruelty offences from applying for review of a working with children check decision.
    • Include additional animal cruelty offences as risk assessment triggers.
    • Include serious animal cruelty offences as disqualifying offences.
    • Allow animal welfare agencies – the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSW) and the Animal Welfare League – to share animal cruelty information with the Children’s Guardian.
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