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Working With Children Clearance--Ochre Card

Fact Sheet 102

November, 2010 Association of Independent Schools of the Northern Territory The Northern Territory Government amended the Care and Protection of Children Act to include a Working with Children Clearance. From 1 March 2011 anyone employed or volunteering in child-related work will be required by law to hold an Ochre Card, which is photo ID proof they have passed the Working with Children Clearance screening process and received a Clearance Notice. Screening for clearances commenced on 1 September 2010.

Working With Children Clearance Notice

Clearance Notices are designed to keep children safe by preventing those who pose a risk to the safety of children from working with them, in either paid or volunteer work. Everyone who is issued with a Working with Children Clearance Notice will also receive an Ochre Card. The Ochre Card can be carried with you in a wallet or purse as easy proof that you hold a Working with Children Clearance Notice. From 1 March 2011, penalties will apply to people who gain employment in child-related work without a Clearance Notice. Employers, volunteer organisations and agencies must ensure that any of their staff or volunteers who need a Working with Children Clearance notice have applied before 1 March 2011.

Applying for a Working With Children Clearance Notice

Working with Children Screening is a criminal and employment record check which ensures there is nothing in the person's history which may constitute a serious risk of harm to children. It is the responsibility of the person who wants to work or volunteer with children to apply for the Working with Children Clearance and ensure that it remains valid. The cost of the Working with Children Clearance (including the Ochre Card) is $50.00 for employees and $5.00 for volunteers, and is valid for two years, If a person wishes to continue to work or volunteer with children after this time they will need to apply again. Application forms may be obtained from: Working with Children website ­ http://www.workingwithchildren.nt.gov.au/pfes Northern Territory Police Stations SAFE NT ­ Ground Floor, 77 Smith Street (Chinatown Carpark Building), Darwin NT Territory Business Centres: Darwin: Ground Floor, Development House, 76 The Esplanade, Darwin Katherine: Shop 1, Randazzo Building, 18 Katherine Tce, Katherine Tennant Creek: Shop 2 , Barkly House, Cnr Davidson and Paterson Streets, Tennant Creek Alice Springs: Peter Sitzler Building, 67 North Stuart Highway, Alice Springs

For any questions regarding the form contact SAFE NT on 1800 723 368 or [email protected]

For further information: Cheryl Salter Assistant Director Association of Independent Schools of the Northern Territory GPO Box 2085 Darwin NT 0800 Phone: 08 8981 8668 Email: [email protected]

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