This page was last updated 23 August 2021.

To ensure safe quality care is provided to children and young people, Service Providers must ensure that individual carers meet the minimum carer and personnel requirements, such as:

  • Qualifications
  • Mandatory requirements
  • Training
  • Family based carer assessments.

Refer to the Carer and Personnel Requirements matrix (PDF, 595.5 KB) for a listing of requirements by carer type.

The Department for Child Protection has approved an interim clarification notice in relation to minimum qualifications.

The Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (CSPP Act) (to commence on 1 July 2019) requires that any person who wants to work or volunteer with children must undertake a working with children check (WWCC) every five years.

Please refer to the Practice Guidance – Working with Children Checks for family based carers (PDF, 614.2 KB) for information on:

  • completing WWCCs as a pre-condition for initial and ongoing carer approval
  • renewing WWCCs at least once in every 5 year period, and
  • taking action to ensure the safety of a child if an approved carer (and adult household member or regular household guest) is a prohibited person or a WWCC has not been conducted within the preceding 5 year period.

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