Minister for Community Services Joy Burch is explaining the impact of her plans to bring in background checks for volunteers working with vulnerable people, including children.
Checks for employees will incur a small, Government-subsidised and tax-deductible fee of $71, while volunteers will not be charged. Registrations will have to be renewed every three years.
“If you work with children or vulnerable adults more than 7 days in a year then you will have to get checked,” Ms Burch said.
It will be interesting to see if the good this does balances out the deterrence it will have on people helping each other out.