AU Sport is committed to the safety and well being of all young people and children accessing our services or our clubs, and all AU Sport clubs are required to address the issue around Child Safe Environments either by meeting the requirements of their State Sporting Organisation (SSO) or AU Sport. The Children’s Protection Act 1993 makes it a legal requirement for certain people to report a reasonable suspicion or incidences of abuse or neglect. This obligation is known as mandatory notification and a penalty may stem from an individual’s failure to comply. Notifications must be made to Families SA Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78.
Mandated notifiers are an employer of, or volunteer in, a government or non-government organisation that provides health, welfare, education, sporting or recreational, child care or residential services wholly or partly for children.
AU Sport has developed guidelines for those clubs that have ‘official’ junior programs and for those clubs that don’t. If you are unsure of what your club needs to do around ‘Child Safe Environments’, look at the documentation below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
From 2019, National Police Checks are no longer to be used as a means to check someone's suitability to work with children. Department of Human Services (DHS) is now responsible for managing these screenings. AU Sport is a registered organisation with DHS and can provide approved Club members who require a background check to fill a volunteer role at the club, a free screening.
AU Sport must log your application with the DHS Unit and information below steps out the requirements of the Club and the individual.
Step by step process:
Clubs provide Club volunteers, who need a 'Working with Children Check', with the required information about starting the process
The individual submits their information to AU Sport via the online application
AU Sport staff will lodge the individual's application with the DHS Unit
The DHS Unit contacts the individual who then completes their application
DHS Unit conducts its final assessments
Department of Human Services
Child Safe Environments, Office for Recreation and Sport
Play by the Rules
Keeping Children Safe in Recreation and Sport Booklet
Responding to the Child