Working with Children Check costs claim in IRC

Rod Brown
Assistant General Secretary (Research and Industrial)

Award application seeks agencies to reimburse teachers for the application fee for the clearance.

Federation is joining with other unions in a claim before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission over the Government’s decision to shift the cost of conducting Working with Children Checks from employing authorities to individual teachers and other employees.

The Nurses and Midwives, Medical Officers, Police, Independent Education Union and Federation have lodged an application for an award before the Industrial Relations Commission which, if successful, would require the relevant agency (for example the Department of Education and Communities, TAFE, Adult Migrant English Service or Corrective Services) to reimburse the teacher the application fee for the clearance.

Under the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act an employee who is engaged with child-related employment must hold a Working with Children Check non-volunteer clearance. Teachers employed after June 15, 2013 are covered by the new arrangements. Teachers employed prior to June 15, 2013 and who are already in paid or unpaid, child-related work, are not required to apply for a Working with Children Check at this time as checks for those teachers will be phased in from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

The next hearing is set down for August 26.