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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1299 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 October 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


1299. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I refer to the Auditor General's report titled ''Working with Children Checks—Follow-up'', which was tabled on Wednesday, 23 October 2019.

(1) Of the 52 applicants issued with an interim negative notice within 200 days, how many were either charged or found guilty of a sex offence for the period?

(2) What was the nature of the charge or conviction against each individual?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) The Auditor General's report refers to 25 applicants who were issued with an interim negative notice. Of those 25 applicants, 19 were either charged with or found guilty of a sex offence. Interim negative notices prohibit a person from engaging in child-related work during the assessment or reassessment period, until a final decision is made. Interim negative notices are issued when the presenting information indicates that there is an immediate and unacceptable risk of working prior to a final decision being reached. All of the 25 people met the threshold for an interim negative notice to be issued as per the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004, as they posed an unacceptable risk to children.