Member Protection & Working with Children
To be involved in all Rugby League competitions across Australia all officials and helpers must obtain a Working With Children (WWCC) clearance.
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A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for anyone in child-related work which includes all Rugby League competitions and districts in Australia. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.
The result of a Working With Children Check is either a clearance to work with children for five years, or a bar against working with children. Cleared applicants are subject to ongoing monitoring, and relevant new records may lead to the clearance being revoked.
The Check is fully portable which means it can be used for any paid or unpaid child-related work in NSW for as long as the worker remains cleared.
The Check is not the only resource available to organisations to keep children safe. Find out more about creating child-safe organisations.
Only paid workers are required to pay the $80 fee for a five year clearance. This equates to $16 per year, the lowest cost for Check in Australia. If paying by cheque, please make the cheque payable to Roads and Maritime Services. The fee is not refundable if you become barred, withdraw your application, or choose 'paid' instead of 'volunteer' on your application form. The Working With Children Check remains free for:
- Volunteers (this includes committee members & team officials)
- Students over 18 on professional placement
- Potential adoptive parents
- Authorised carers
- Adults who reside in the home of:
- an authorised carer
- a family day care service provider
- a home-based education and care service provider.
When to apply for the Check
As a volunteer in the CBDJRL either in an official capacity or as a helper at the ground you must have a successful clearance before you can take up any duties.
Clubs and Sporting Bodies will be phased in for the 2015 season with the WWCC compulsory for the 2016 season with the Registration System now requiring a persons WWCC number and expiry date to complete registration. For full details, see the FACT SHEET: Phase in schedule (PDF 69.5KB).
To register or help out at any level of Junior Rugby League in 2016 and are over the age of 18 you must have a valid WWCC number and be successfully cleared.
Before any team official or committee member can register and take part in 2016 they must receive their WWCC clearance number.
- APPLY FOR WWCC CLEARANCE
- WWCC & CHILD SAFE WEBSITE
- FACT SHEETS & RESOURCES
All Working With Children, Member Protection and Child Safe documents will be posted into this section.
NSWRL WORKING WITH CHILDREN POLICY (Download)
The New South Wales Rugby League Ltd (NSWRL) Child Protection Policy (Policy) applies to all participants (Members) registering to play, officiate, coach, administer or volunteer at NSWRL clubs, associations, districts and affiliates. All Members must comply with the Policy. Where reasonable, all parties connected to Rugby League in NSW and the ACT, including sponsors and spectators, must also comply with the Policy.
The Policy has been endorsed by the NSWRL and incorporates and supports the National Rugby League Member Protection Policy (NRL Policy). Further, the NRL Policy, as incorporated into the NRL Code of Conduct, binds all Members. For removal of all doubt, parties bound by the NRL Policy, the NRL Code of Conduct, and connected to Rugby League in NSW and the ACT are also bound by this Policy. This Policy commences on 01 April 2015 and will operate until replaced. The Policy will be fully implemented at all NSWRL clubs, associations, districts and affiliates by 31 March 2016.
NSWRL CLUB GUIDANCE DOCUMENT (Download)
From 31st March 2016, all Junior Rugby League clubs affiliated with the NSWRL must only ‘employ’ workers (paid or voluntary) involved directly with the children’s teams if the worker has a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC), has applied for one, or if exempt, has provided the club with a Statutory Declaration, Undertaking and Consent. Under the new Child Protection Policy, the NSWRL and its affiliated clubs, districts and associations, agree to the following enhanced requirements in addition to the Statutory regime.
NSWRL WORKER GUIDANCE DOCUMENT (Download)
From 31st March 2016, all Junior Rugby League clubs affiliated with the NSWRL must only ‘employ’ workers (paid or voluntary) involved directly with the children’s teams if the worker has a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC), has applied for one, or if exempt, has provided the club with a Statutory Declaration, Undertaking and Consent. Under the new Child Protection Policy, the NSWRL and its affiliated clubs, districts and associations, agree to the following enhanced requirements in addition to the statutory regime.
NRL MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY (Download)
The National Rugby League (NRL) has a policy of using world’s best practice in risk management to support and enhance activities in all areas of our organisation and to ensure that risk management is an integral part of our decision making process. We use a structured risk management process to minimise reasonably foreseeable physical, financial, legal and ethical harm to people, disruption to operations and damage to the environment and property. We identify and take advantage of opportunities as well as minimising adverse effects. We train our people to implement risk management effectively. We strive to continually improve our risk management practices.
Included as part of the National Rugby League’s Risk Management Program are Member Protection Policies and Procedures for the National Body, all Affiliated State Leagues and their affiliated organisations. These policies and procedures are an essential part of our organisation’s proactive and preventative a pproach to tackling inappropriate behaviour. These policies are governed by the NRL and adopted by its all Affiliated State Leagues and their affiliated organisations.
PLAY BY THE RULES (Download)
Making sport inclusive, safe and fair. To assist with harassment, discrimination and child protection issues in sport and recreation. Sport and recreation organisations across the country regularly have to deal with a range of harassment, discrimination and child protection issues involving players, coaches, officials and spectators. This Quick Reference Guide shows where you can find the essential information and services to help you resolve these issues, including:
* Referring illegal or unlawful behaviour
* Promoting a positive, child-safe environment
* Making and resolving complaints
ARL IMAGES POLICY (Download)
A high level of care needs to be exercised by clubs and associations when dealing with the issue of photo images of children. There have been a number of instances where photos of children in sporting magazines and sporting websites have been misused and/or altered for inappropriate purposes.
CHILD PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS - NEW SOUTH WALES (Download)
This information is subject to change at any time. Refer to the NSW Commission for Children and Young People website: www.kids.nsw.gov.au or contact (02) 9286 7219. All NSW clubs and associations who engage/employ pe ople in child-related activities (in a paid or voluntary capacity) must meet the requireme nts of the Working With Children Check. This is a legal requirement.
CHILD SAFE CHECK UP (Download)
Every day children and young people around NSW spend time with adults in Workplaces such as schools and eduational facilities, child care centres, youth refuges, sporting clubs, church groups and hospitals. In NSW, if you employ people to work with children – regardless of whether the work is paid or unpaid, casual or permanent - you have a legal obligation to help keep those children safe from physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
RISK MANAGEMENT FOR COACHES & OFFICIALS (Download)
Thousands of Australians participate in Rugby League at various levels on a regular basis. Activities range from the purely amateur recreational level to high profile professional Rugby League. No matter where on the scale an individual is placed, they may be exposed to risks that have the potential to cause physical, financial or legal disaster. Therefore the effective management of risk is an important requirement of everyone involved in Rugby League.
THE NEW WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK (Download)
A new working with Children check will be introduced with workers and volunteers having a simple two-step procedure for getting a New Working with Children Check.
NEW WWCC & CHILD SAFE WORKSHOP (Download)
Are you involved in local sports? People working or volunteering in sport and recreation need to prepare for the phase-in of the new Working with Children Check. Find out more by registering for a free Child Safe Seminar!
Where: Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra, Hunter, New England, North, Western, South and South West NSW regions. To find the location of your nearest seminar go to the website: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/childsafesports
Register here: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/childsafesports
The workshop has been specifically designed for NSW sports clubs by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian.
* The workshop will cover the new Working with Children Check, as well as creating child safe environments
* Presenters will be staff from Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG)
* Workshops are free
* See flyer attached for more information and online booking
* Places are limited
Many SSOs are attending a WWCC Sports Talk here at the Sport and Recreation offices tomorrow, where OCG will discuss the new club workshop in more detail.
The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian is an independent government agency which administers the Working With Children Check and encourages organisations to be safe for children.
To find out more go to: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au
ARL CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT (Download)
Every person and organization bound by this policy must always place the safety and welfare of children above all other considerations. The Australian Rugby League acknowledges that our staff and volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the positive experiences of our juniors. The ARL aims to ensure this continues and to protect the safety and welfare of its junior participants.
MEMBER PROTECTION DECLARATION (Download)
Statutory Declaration under the Oaths Act 1900 (NSW)
New South Wales Rugby League Limited (“NSWRL”) has a duty of care to all those associated with it and its members, constituent and affiliate bodies , rugby league clubs playing in competitions conducted under the auspices of NSWRL (all together “Relevant Rugby League Organisations”) and all individuals involved in rugby league in New South Wales. As a requirement of our Member Protection Policy, NSWRL must enquire into the background of all those who undertake any work (whether on a paid or volunteer basis), coaching or any other regular unsupervised contact with people under the age of 18 years (“Children”) as part of their involvement in the game of rugby league.
- APPLY FOR WWCC CLEARANCE
- WWCC & CHILD SAFE WEBSITE
- FACT SHEETS & RESOURCES