The NSW Government is taking action to protect children by introducing tougher laws around Working With Children Checks (WWCC) to the Parliament, Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard announced today.
“The NSW Government will not compromise on the safety of children,” Mr Hazzard said.
“People who have committed serious offences, such as murder, should not be working with children.
“Currently, people refused a clearance to work with children by the Children’s Guardian can appeal to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).
“The NSW Government is taking a commonsense approach by proposing legislative amendments to remove the right of review to NCAT for adults convicted of murder and a range of serious sexual offences inclusive of certain sexual offences against children.”
The proposed amendments also provide the Children’s Guardian with the power to make guidelines outlining what employers must consider when employing people – including people who have worked overseas.
The Government will now be allowing the amended Bill to be considered further over the winter recess before debate continues again in the Legislative Council.
In addition, there will be a broader review implemented by the Government which will take place over the next 6-12 months to ensure every aspect of child protection is considered in the WWCC process.