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WORKING WITH CHILDREN ACT 2005 - SECT 14

Category C application

S. 14(1) amended by No. 66/2014 s. 13(2).

    (1)     An application is a category C application for the purposes of this Act if it is in respect of a person

S. 14(1)(a) substituted by No. 51/2010 s. 8.

        (a)     who has at any time (whether before, on or after 3 April 2006) been subject to—

S. 14(1)(a)(i) amended by No. 4/2017 s. 11(1).

              (i)     a finding of a prescribed kind made by, or on behalf of, or referred to the Secretary by, a prescribed body; or

S. 14(1)(a)(ii) amended by No. 27/2012 s. 29(a).

              (ii)     a determination by VCAT under section 77(4)(g) or (h) or 77(5)(e) or (f) of the Health Professions Registration Act 2005 as in force immediately before its repeal; or

S. 14(1)(a)(iii) inserted by No. 27/2012 s. 29(b).

              (iii)     a determination under section 196(2)(d) or (e) or section 197(2)(b) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law by VCAT or by another responsible tribunal within the meaning of that Law; or

S. 14(1)(b) substituted by No. 66/2014 s. 13(3), amended by Nos 74/2014 s. 36(2), 47/2016 s. 49(2), substituted by No. 72/2016 s. 9(1).

        (b)     who is charged with or has at any time (whether before, on or after the commencement of this section) been convicted or found guilty of a category B offence specified in clause 2, 8, 9 or 14A of Schedule 2 if the conduct constituting or alleged to constitute that offence occurred when the person was a child; or

S. 14(1)(ba) inserted by No. 56/2007 s. 9(a), substituted by No. 61/2012 s. 5(1), repealed by No. 66/2014 s. 13(4).

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S. 14(1)(bb) inserted by No. 56/2007 s. 9(a), substituted by No. 61/2012 s. 5(2), repealed by No. 66/2014 s. 13(4).

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S. 14(1)(c) amended by Nos 56/2007 s. 9(b), 68/2009 s. 97(Sch item 136.5), substituted by No. 66/2014 s. 13(5), amended by No. 72/2016 s. 28(1).

        (c)     who is charged with or has at any time (whether before, on or after the commencement of this section) been convicted or found guilty of an offence other than a category A offence or category B offence; or

S. 14(1)(d) inserted by No. 72/2016 s. 28(2).

        (d)     who has at any time (whether before, on or after the commencement of this section) been charged with an offence specified in clause 2 of Schedule 3 if the charge has been finally dealt with other than by way of a conviction or a finding of guilt.

Note

For examples of the ways a charge may be finally dealt with, see section 6(1).

S. 14(2) substituted by No. 66/2014 s. 13(6).

    (2)     The Secretary must give an assessment notice on a category C application unless—

        (a)     the Secretary is satisfied that giving the notice would pose an unjustifiable risk to the safety of children having regard to the factors set out in subsection (3); or

        (b)     the Secretary is satisfied that—

S. 14(2)(b)(i) amended by No. 72/2016 s. 9(2).

              (i)     a reasonable person would not allow his or her child to have direct contact with the applicant while the applicant was engaged in any type of child-related work; or

              (ii)     the applicant's engagement in any type of child-related work would pose an unjustifiable risk to the safety of children.

S. 14(2A) inserted by No. 61/2012 s. 5(3), repealed by No. 66/2014 s. 13(7).

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S. 14(3) amended by No. 61/2012 s. 5(4), substituted by No. 66/2014 s. 13(8).

    (3)     For the purposes of subsection (2)(a), the Secretary must have regard to—

        (a)     the nature and gravity of the conduct and its relevance to child-related work; and

        (b)     the period of time since the applicant engaged, or allegedly engaged, in the conduct; and

        (c)     in the case of an offence, whether a finding of guilt or a conviction was recorded for it or a charge for it is still pending; and

        (d)     in the case of an offence, the sentence imposed for it; and

        (e)     the ages of the applicant and of any victim at the time the applicant engaged, or allegedly engaged, in the conduct; and

        (f)     whether or not the conduct has been decriminalised or has ceased to be subject to disciplinary charges since the applicant engaged, or allegedly engaged, in it; and

        (g)     the applicant's behaviour since he or she engaged, or allegedly engaged, in the conduct; and

        (h)     the likelihood of future threat to a child caused by the applicant; and

              (i)     any information given by the applicant in, or in relation to, the application; and

        (j)     any other matter that the Secretary considers relevant to the application.

S. 14(4) inserted by No. 72/2016 s. 9(3).

    (4)     For the purposes of this section, if the conduct constituting or alleged to constitute an offence occurs between 2 dates, one on which the person was a child and one on which the person was an adult, that conduct occurs when the person was an adult.



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