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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 27 Oct 2017 07:30 PM and ends Sat 28 Oct 2017 08:31 PM
י"ב תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ה
The Department of Justice of the Victorian State Government has recently advised of changes in Legislation regarding Working With Children Checks for any employee who has contact with children (unless it is only occasional ). Having children attending a congregation is however sufficient to trigger a requirement under the legislation.
For individuals including ministers of religion and appointed leaders who do child related work without a WWC check the penalty is a fine of upto $35,426.40 and/or up to two years imprisonment.
For organisations engaging ministers of religion and appointed leaders who do not have a WWC Check the fine is upto $177,132.00
The COSV has previously advised congregations of the need to ensure compliance with WWC requirements. In light of the strengthening of those legislative provisions please revisit the situation in your congregation and ensure absolute compliance. Further information is available on the Dept of Justice website.