Organisations working with vulnerable people must meet multiple legal obligations aimed at protecting those in their care.

Working With Children Compliance

The legislative changes flowing out of the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse mean that organisations:

  • may be subject to a new statutory duty to take reasonable steps to prevent child abuse, including being able to demonstrate that they are meeting certain standards and have effective systems in place; and
  • have increased obligations around screening, reporting, and complaint-handling – which requires having adequate risk management and reporting systems in place

If you are managing an education, sports, disability, health, child, or aged care organisation, it is likely that vulnerable people are placed in the care of your organisation every day.

Whether you’re an employee, contractor, volunteer, or the decision-maker who employs them – individuals especially the children under your care are in need of safeguarding.

Their protection is at the core of what you do.

If you neglect compliance, your organisation is at risk.
1/ The onus is on you to verify, check and record worker and volunteer accreditations for the regions within which you work.

There is no ground left for being certain of compliance or not, and paper-based records or excel spreadsheets are not just putting your audit trail at risk but also the people in your care.

2/ You may need to demonstrate you have been compliant to the relevant regulator or in legal proceedings.

With an automatic compliance system in place, your organisation can quickly demonstrate compliance, and establish a strong foundation of trust with regulators, customers, workers, and ultimately the community.

3/ You want to limit your exposure to a potential breach, which could result in fines or even imprisonment.

Oho has found that organisations are typically exposed for periods of 1 to 3 years. With Oho, you can reduce this to a maximum of 7 days.

Oho exists to prevent abuse by protecting your organisation and the people in its care.

What are your organisational risks?

Penalties that may apply if you fail to meet your obligations under different working with children check schemes can include:

  • Employing a person in child-related work without a valid Working with Children Check may result in significant penalties – for example, in New South Wales the penalty for organisations is up to $11,000; in Victoria this is up to $198,260
  • Employing a person in child-related work when they are prohibited, suspended, or disqualified from doing so may attract a penalty and/or imprisonment. For example, in Queensland, this may result in 2 years imprisonment and/or penalties up to $26,690.
  • In some states, the failure of senior executives and members of governing bodies to hold a valid Working with Children Check may result in imprisonment and/or penalties. For example, in Queensland, this is up to 5 years imprisonment and/or penalties of $66,725.
  • Other penalties apply where there has been a failure to: verify information; confirm the type of Working with Children Check provided; or, maintain effective record-keeping practices.
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Know your risk and limit your organisation’s exposure.

Working With Children Checks are an important way our legal system keeps vulnerable Australians safe, but most organisations are not aware of the scope of their obligations due to varying legal requirements across states, territories, and industries.

Oho’s free Guide To Compliance For Working With Children Checks helps managers and business owners make sense of those obligations, so you can be confident you are protected.

With Oho, your HR application has a single source of truth so that your organisation can focus on its mission to care for Australia’s most vulnerable.

The staff, contractors and volunteers you employ are ultimately those who end up caring for or harming the people who are most in need of safeguarding.

Oho is committed to assisting you by automatically checking your workers’ accreditations every week, so when one is due to expire or has been revoked – you can act immediately.

Currently, we verify a range of accreditations across multiple states including:

And soon, we’ll be adding:

Our pricing options are aimed at offering support to your organisation in any capacity that it requires.

We protect you, so you can protect those in your care.

Try Oho for 30 days free of charge.

Oho is already protecting an estimated 150,000 children in Australia. With your help, we can protect many more.

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Oho has taken us to a new level in not only ensuring our volunteers are appropriately credentialed, but is saving us hours in doing so. We love partnering with Oho to help keep kids safe!”
Peter Lusk
General Manager, Southern Cross Kids Camps