There is something being phased in..not out.. by the Justice Dept called the "Working with children check". As a Registered Nurse I would have thought I may be exempt from this check..and yet when I read the List of Occupational Fields and Exemptions I cannot see that I am exempt.
I volunteer to read with Mia's class at school. Reading some of the matter on the site available to me it appears I may not need to have this. I also volunteer to go with the class/es and assist with excursions too. Mia has an excursion coming up soon. We will be going to the Melbourne Zoo!
The web site states that a person is exempt if they are a "parent volunteers whose child ordinarily participates in that activity. This exemption only applies to volunteer parents who participate in their children’s activities.
For example: Brett is a volunteer coach for a school football team on which his son Joshua ordinarily plays. Brett does not have to apply for and pass the WWC Check to do this even if Joshua does not attend some of the practice sessions or games."
I will discuss it with the school today and also with the Department of Justice if need be. I believe it is important to have this if it is necessary to do so. Keeping kids safe is a priority after all!
Meanwhile, please check in and give a whole load of love to my friend at Phishez Rules who has had a very emotional time...she has some wonderful news :)