New child protection Reportable Conduct Scheme VIC Australia Feb 6, 2018 3:37:59 GMT -5 Roselyn T and blandie like this
Post by mod4 on Feb 6, 2018 3:37:59 GMT -5
Reportable Conduct Scheme
The scheme imposes some new obligations on the ‘head’ of some organisations.
Who is the head of my organisation?
Depending on the structure of your organisation, the ‘head’ of your organisation may be:
•the chief executive officer
•the Secretary, if your organisation is a Victorian Government Department
•the principal officer of your organisation.
What does the scheme require the head to do?
Importantly, the scheme requires heads to:
•respond to a reportable allegation made against a worker or volunteer from their organisation, by ensuring that allegations are appropriately investigated
•report allegations which may involve criminal conduct to the police
•notify us of allegations within three business days after becoming aware of the allegation
•give us certain detailed information about the allegation within 30 days after becoming aware of the allegation
•after the investigation has concluded, give us certain information including a copy of the findings of the investigation
•ensure that their organisation has systems in place to:
◦prevent reportable conduct from being committed by a worker or volunteer within the course of their employment
◦enable any person to notify the head of a reportable allegation
◦enable any person to notify us of a reportable allegation involving the head
◦investigate and respond to a reportable allegation against a worker of volunteer from that organisation.
How do I tell the Commission about a reportable allegation?
Heads of organisations must use our online form Notify and update reportable allegations
Members of the public may make disclosures either through our online form, by phone or letter.
Who does the scheme apply to?
Reportable conduct can apply to the following people associated with an organisation in scope:
•ministers of religion
•officers of a religious body.
Phase 2: 1 January 2018 (Schedule 4)
•An organisation that: ◦operates a residential facility for a boarding school
◦provides overnight camps for children as part of its primary activity (except certain youth organisations)
◦is a public or denominational hospital or operates a private hospital
◦is a public health service
Once part of your organisation is within the scheme, all of your organisation is within the scheme, and you must notify us about and investigate reportable allegations across your whole organisation.