The safety of children in our society is important to everyone. Both guide and scout organisations have compulsory child protection policies and procedures. Most Australian state and territory government has introduced child protection legislation and implemented Working With Children Checks (WWCC).

Anyone working with children, in both a paid or voluntary capacity, are required to obtain a working with children check, which is then verified by the employer. This includes amateur radio operators participating in Jamboree On The Air, with guide or scout youth members. The following information is based on the WWCC procedure in New South Wales, which should be similar to other states and territories.

The WWCC process is in two parts and can take up to three months to complete. Amateur radio operators considering participating in JOTA are encouraged to apply for a WWCC as soon as possible. The WWCC for a volunteer is FREE and is valid for a period of 5 years.

Apply for your WWCC by completing the on line application form, making sure your details are correct and specifying you are a volunteer worker. You will receive an email with instructions to attend a Roads and Maritime Services centre, for verification of your identity. When your check has been completed, you will receive a further email with your WWCC reference number. This part of the process can take up to 6 weeks.

Next you need to provide your WWCC details directly to the WWCC co-ordinator, in either the guide or scout organisation in your state or territory, for verification. Provide details of the JOTA station including the location, name of the guide or scout group and name and email address of the leader in charge of the JOTA event. Copy the guide / scout leader in on your email. As the verification process can take some time, depending on the number of verification checks being undertaken by the guide / scout WWCC co-ordinator, it is best to submit your WWCC details as early as possible.

Once your WWCC has been verified, both yourself and the leader should receive an email confirming your WWCC verification has been successfully completed for the JOTA event. If you have not received confirmation of your WWCC verification by the week before JOTA, a follow-up phone call and email is highly recommended.

It is not recommended that you rely on the leader to submit your WWCC details for verification. Also don't rely on advice from a leader, that a WWCC check is not required for amateur radio operators, on the basis that you will be supervised by a leader. When attending a JOTA event, you may be asked to show some government issued photo identification, to confirm you are the person nominated in the WWCC verification. It is not recommended that you provide a copy of your photo ID.

For WWCC information for both the state / territory government follow this link Working With Children and guide / scout organisations follow these links Scouts Australia Guides Australia

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