Working with Children and Vulnerable People Registration

The Archdiocesan policies and procedures seek to highlight the importance that the Church places on the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults by specifying the actions and procedures that must be taken by parishes, chancery and pastoral support agencies in the Archdiocese in regard to child protection.


  • All Archdiocesan Church Workers including volunteers apply for their own Working with Children’s Check every five years.
  • Employers verify a child-related worker’s or volunteer’s clearance number.
  • The same Working with Children Check applies to everyone – paid workers, self-employed people and volunteers.
  • All persons with a clearance will be continuously monitored for serious sex or violence offences.
  • All Archdiocesan Church Workers including volunteers are required to renew their children’s check prior to the expiry date.

Both applications for children’s check and employer verifications are completed online.  A check fee applies for paid workers and self-employed people, and is free for volunteers.

The Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding advises prospective employees/volunteers whether they need to apply for a check.  Positions that require a check cannot be taken up until the check is verified. For more information contact the Institute.


  • All Archdiocesan Church workers including volunteers participating in activities or services for children and vulnerable people must be registered.
  • Applicants download an Application for Registration for Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) from Access Canberra
  • The Application for Registration along with proof of identity and the requisite payment for paid workers is returned to a Canberra Connect shop front for processing.
  • Successful applicants are issued with a Working with Vulnerable People photographic registration card.
  • All Archdiocesan Church Workers including volunteers are required to provide a full scanned copy of their WWVP card as well as their Driver’s licence to the Institute for compliance purposes.

The Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding is the point of contact for compliance, professional development, and reporting safeguarding issues.