Volunteers

A key aspect of providing a child safe environment is to ensure that volunteers engaged in certain activities at the University undergo child related employment screening.

Under Section 8B of the Children’s Protection Act 1993:

(1)    the responsible authority for an organisation to which this section applies [UniSA] must ensure that, before a person is appointed to, or engaged to act in,  a prescribed position (whether as an employee, volunteer, agent, contractor or subcontractor) in the organisation, an assessment of a person’s relevant history is undertaken in accordance with the regulations.

This applies to any student, staff, or member of public who volunteers in a program that is organised (partly or entirely) by UniSA. Examples of relevant volunteer programs are:

  • Football United-UniSA (FUn) program
  • Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program
  • Business Mentors peer mentoring program

If participants in these, or other relevant volunteer opportunities, are engaging in regular contact with any child under the age of 18, UniSA is required to request a child related employment screening. Volunteers need to be prepared to cooperate with this request or it may impact their involvement in the program.

For any students that must undertake prescribed functions as part of either their program or course requirements (e.g. teaching placement or clinic work), their Child Protection assessment requirements will be managed by the relevant School or Division.