If your workers or volunteers are currently registered as teachers with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), they are exempt from the Working with Children Check, unless they have been given a Negative Notice. VIT Registration is only granted to teachers who are appropriately qualified and assessed by the VIT as ‘suitable to teach’. A registered teacher who does child-related work, other than teaching in a school or early childhood service, must still notify us of the person or organisation whom the teacher is engaged by to do that child-related work by completing the Teacher notification (External link) form.

What if their VIT registration is suspended or cancelled?

If your worker’s VIT registration is suspended or cancelled, the exemption no longer applies. They must apply for a Check. They must also notify every organisation that engages them in child-related work in writing within seven days after receiving notice of the suspension or cancellation.

What’s the difference between VIT registration and the Check?

  Victorian Institute of Teaching registration Working with Children Check
Purpose VIT registration is a legal requirement for all teachers who undertake the duties of a teacher in a school or early childhood setting. The WWC Check is a legal requirement for all individuals engaging in paid or voluntary child-related work in a relevant occupational category, as defined by the Working with Children Act 2005, unless the individual is exempt from the Check.
Renewal Renewal of registration is a requirement for registered teachers and registered early childhood teachers. It is not a requirement for provisionally registered teachers, provisionally registered early childhood teachers or teachers holding permission to teach. A Check is valid for five years after which cardholders must apply to renew their Check if they wish to continue doing child-related work.
Offences and matters considered The VIT is required to investigate a person’s suitability to teach, which includes an investigation of all indictable offences, as required by the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, as well as issues associated with conduct and competence.

The Check considers:

  • charges, convictions or findings of guilt for sexual, violent or drug offence
  • some serious charges that have been dealt with other than by way of conviction or finding of guilt
  • charges, convictions or findings of guilt for any offence that represents an unjustifiable risk to the safety of children
  • certain disciplinary findings (i.e. suspension or cancellation of VIT registration and disqualification of registration by the out-of-home-care Suitability Panel)
  • findings by VCAT in respect of health professionals
  • findings of reportable conduct referred by the Commission for Children and Young People
  • some offences against the Working with Children Act 2005.
Suspension or cancellation

The VIT investigates an individual teacher’s suitability to teach and may consider matters that do not relate to a risk to the safety of children.

If the teacher is found guilty of a sexual offence, their registration is immediately cancelled, and that person is disqualified from teaching in a Victorian school or early childhood setting.

A person will be refused a Check if they have been charged or found guilty of certain serious offences, or if they are assessed as posing an unjustifiable risk to the safety of children.
The seriousness of the offence will determine the type of assessment. For example, the most serious offences for the purposes of the Check are assessed as Category A, which will result in the automatic refusal of a Check.
A person’s Check will also be suspended if they are charged with, convicted or found guilty of any of the serious offences or matters listed in Schedule 3 to the Working with Children Act 2005.
Notification of cancellation

When a VIT registration is cancelled, the WWC Check Unit, the teacher’s employer, interstate teacher registration authorities and the Taxi Services Commission are notified.

A register of teachers is maintained by the VIT and can be viewed online on the VIT website.

When a Check is suspended or cancelled, Working with Children Check Victoria notifies all workplaces the cardholder has listed on their application.
The current status of a person’s Check can be viewed online on the Check website.
When the Department of Justice and Community Safety is notified a teacher's VIT registration has been suspended or cancelled, it may notify any non-teaching workplaces the teacher has listed on their account that the person is no longer exempt from a working with children check because of the suspension or cancellation of the person's registration as a teacher.

 

If your worker’s or volunteer’s VIT registration is no longer current and their role involves child-related work, ensure they apply for a Check.

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