Australian Cricket is committed to providing a safe environment for all Children and Young People involved in cricket.
Policies and Codes:
This Framework includes:
- Australian Cricket’s Commitment Statement for Safeguarding Children and Young People
- Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People
- Australian Cricket’s Looking After Our Kids Code of Behaviour for Affiliated Associations and Clubs
- Australian Cricket’s Looking After Our Kids Code of Behaviour for Affiliated Australian Cricket Personnel
- Other supporting resources
Working With Children Checks:
By law in South Australia:
- People working or volunteering with children must have a Working with Children Check
- An organisation must not engage a person to work or volunteer with children unless the organisation has verified that the person has a current Working with Children Check, and is not prohibited from working with children.
Contravention of these prohibitions is an offence, punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.
WWCC screening is undertaken through the Department of Human Services Screening Unit. For more information on WWCC, and to apply for a WWCC (free for volunteers), visit the Department of Human Services Screening Unit website.
National Criminal History Checks (or Police Clearances) can no longer be used as a valid form of screening.
Further information on WWCC, as applicable to Affiliated Associations and Clubs, is set out in SACA’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People.
Working with Children Check - Register:
Clubs and associations are required to keep accurate records of volunteers, WWCC details and the dates that their status was verified by the club/association. Further information on record keeping processes are set out in the Australian Cricket's Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.
Register as an organisation on the DHS Website:
Clubs and associations must register as an organisation via the DHS website and maintain all checks online. This process gives you the ability to initiate new checks for your volunteers when needed and link in/verify existing WWCC's into your organisation portal. This gives you confidence that your volunteers are cleared to work at your club.
Register your club/association with DHS by creating an Organisation Portal (if not already created) and linking your volunteers to your Portal. You can then use the Portal to initiate and verify your volunteers' WWCC.
For instructions on how to do this, see section 5 of the DHS Screening Unit's Working with Children Check Information for Organisations booklet.
The online organisation portal can also be used to maintain your WWCC register.
Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO):
MPIOs provide information and guidance on complaints procedures and are available to discuss concerns relating to conduct or circumstances at a club or association, particularly if you are considering making a formal complaint.
- Steve Kavanagh email@example.com
- Andrew Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seb Goldsmith email@example.com
Or call SACA Reception on 08 8300 3800 and ask to speak to an MPIO.
Report an Allegation of Child Abuse:
In an emergency, always call 000.
In non-emergency situations:
- South Australian Police, PH: 131 444 (https://www.police.sa.gov.au/)
- Department of Child Protection, Child Abuse Report Line, PH: 131 478 (https://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/reporting-child-abuse)
Also refer to:
- Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People, which contains a Procedure for Handling Complaints and Allegations about Prohibited Conduct (which must be followed by Affiliated Associations and Clubs and their cricket participants)
- SACA’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People which contains guidance on mandatory reporting obligations in South Australia.