The Working with Children Regulation 2016 (Vic) came into effect on 27 March 2016, replacing the Working with Children Regulations 2006. Under the new regulations card holders are required to notify of any changes to personal particulars within 21 days of becoming aware of the change.
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Failure to protect: new criminal offence to protect children from sexual abuse
On 1 July 2015, the new ‘Failure to protect’ criminal offence came into effect. The new offence applies to a person in a position of authority within an organisation who negligently fails to protect a child from the risk of sexual abuse by an adult associated with their organisation.
New criminal offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse
On Monday 27 October 2014, a new offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse came into force.
The new offence requires that any adult who holds a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed in Victoria by an adult against a child (aged under 16) disclose that information to police, unless they have a reasonable excuse.
Minister's Performance Standards for Registered Agencies
New performance standards (Minister’s Performance Standards) for housing associations and providers registered under the Housing Act 1983 (Vic) are now in effect.