A new online form will help speed up the application process for Working with Vulnerable People registrations, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
More than 55,000 WWVP applications have been received by the ACT Office of Regulatory Services since the program began in November 2012.
“As background checks also need to be conducted for applicants, these registrations have understandably taken time to process,” Mr Corbell said.
“The new electronic form will enable applicants to fill out their details quickly. The data is uploaded directly to the Office of Regulatory Services database, which will also help staff to process applications, as until now they have needed to enter each applicant’s data manually.
“The electronic form is working effectively after being trialled by a number of people seeking registration.”
Applicants will need to print and sign the electronic form and submit it to the Office of Regulatory Services with the required supporting documentation. Applications can be lodged in person, at any Canberra Connect Shopfront or the ORS Shopfront at Fyshwick.
The deadline for the second stage of the registration scheme is 7 November, with those working or volunteering in services for homeless people or victims of crime, or in community services, disability services, respite care services and religious organisations requiring registration.
“Background checking for those who work or volunteer with vulnerable people is an important process as it helps to protect those members of our community who are less able to protect themselves,” Mr Corbell said.
“With the introduction of this new online form, we will be able to conduct checks and register people more efficiently, to ensure they are able to provide their important services to the community.”
(Simon Corbell Media Release)