Working With Children

NSW Child Protection (Working with Children) Act

University of Sydney students undertaking 'child-related' placements as part of their course are also subject to the requirements of the NSW Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

Under the Act, the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013 stipulates that it is an offence for a disqualified person to apply for, attempt to obtain, undertake or remain in child-related employment. If the University becomes aware that a student is a disqualified person, it cannot refer that student to a child-related placement or allow such a placement to continue.

For more information please refer to the Course-Specific Checks and Clearances page of the University's Enrolment webpage.

Students studying Exercise & Sports Science, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology are required to apply for a Working with Children (WWC) Check through the Office of Children's Guardian website. Please note that students on a professional placement are considered volunteers and are not liable for the $80 application fee.

To be eligible for placement students will be asked to register their WWC Check number (received after application is processed; not the application number) with the Work Integrated Learning team. Students will be provided instructions on how to do this mid way through their first year of study.

QLD Health
All students undertaking a placement in a QLD Health site must complete the application to obtain a Blue Card prior to attending the placement. Please liaise with the relevant Clinical Educator Coordinator to arrange the Blue Card application. Students are advised the Blue Card application can take up to 6 weeks to process.