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Child safety law in NSW

When it comes to child safety, it’s important to understand there are legal requirements for sporting organisations, staff and volunteers in NSW.  

Working with Children Check

In NSW, a Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for people who work or volunteer in child-related work in NSW. It involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian manage the WWCC in NSW. Learn more

The Children’s Guardian has extended all WWCC clearances that were due to expire from 26 March 2020 to 26 September 2020 for a further six months. The six-month period applies from the date of the person’s current expiry date. Further extensions may be applied should they be needed. Read more

Mandatory Reporting - suspected child abuse or harm

Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of harm should report it to the Child Protection Helpline on phone 132 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or via Child Story.

If you believe a child is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, contact the NSW Police immediately by dialling 000.

Mandatory reporters are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect to government authorities. Learn more about mandatory reporters at Family and Community Services

Reportable Conduct – allegations against workers

In NSW there are certain organisations or relevant ‘entities’ that have legal obligations under the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

These entities are required to notify and investigate certain allegations (reportable allegations) of abuse involving a child when the allegation is against someone they employ, engage or contract in circumstances outlines by the legislation.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian manage the Reportable Conduct Scheme in NSW. Learn more 

Laws differ between states and territories

Child safety laws vary between Australian states and territories. This is especially important to understand for sports teams and clubs who may travel interstate.

Play by the Rules has a useful guide to child safety laws across Australia.