Working with Vulnerable People/National criminal history record check
From 8 November 2012 the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) commenced a twelve month implementation process of checks of all teachers under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
Before completing your teacher registration online application you must obtain either:
- an ACT Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) general registration. This can be obtained from the ACT Office of Regulatory Services (ORS). (A certified copy of both sides of your WWVP card must be provided as evidence.)
- an Australian national police certificate which includes spent convictions and is no more than three months old. If you are an ACT resident or an Australian living overseas you can request the police check from the AFP. Applicants living in another state or territory should contact the Criminal Records section of the police service in their state/territory. The national police check application form asks you to nominate the purpose of the check. Choose the 'teacher' option (Code Number 21) to ensure that the correct type of check is undertaken (includes all offences) and under Commonwealth Purpose/Employment choose the option that relates to the 'Care, instruction or supervision of children' (Code Number 37).
Note: Applicants should consider applying initially to the ACT Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) for their background check in preference to providing a National Police Certificate. If a National Police Certificate is provided, ORS will still require you to complete the Working with Vulnerable People background check at some time before 7 November 2013.