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Child Safe Policy & Code of Conduct

Child Safe Policy

The Anglican Church of Australia within the Diocese of Melbourne, including each faith community within the diocese, is committed to child safe practice. The care, safety and welfare of children are embedded in policies and practices which are intended to reflect a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse. This Child Safe Policy was approved by Archbishop in Council 22 March 2018.


Child Safe Code of Conduct

In support of the above Child Safe Policy the Archbishop in Council of the Diocese, as the authorised governing body, has prescribed and approved the following Code of Conduct for Child Safety. This Code of Conduct for Child Safety was approved by Archbishop in Council 22 March 2018.


Faithfulness in Service

Faithfulness in Service is a national code intended to identify the personal behaviour and practices of pastoral ministry that will enable clergy and church workers to serve faithfully those among whom they minister. If the behaviour and practices it outlines are followed, our communities will be safer places for everyone, where integrity is honoured, accountability is practised and forgiveness encourages healing and does not conceal misconduct.


Church workers at Newstart

Participating in church life is core to the ethos of Newstart Church, and we encourage everyone to serve within their giftedness.

Providing a safe place for all to be nurtured and grow is key however, and so it is required that 'church workers' (all those serving in the church) follow the above Policies & Codes of Conduct and also provide a current Working with Children Check, Police Check and a Clearance for Service from Kooyoora (the independent Office of Professional Standards).

The requirements:

  1. Current Working with Children Check (renewed every 5 yrs)
  2. Police Check via CrimCheck (renewed every 3 yrs)
  3. Clearance for Service from Kooyoora
  4. Read the 'Child Safe Code of Conduct' and return the signed commitment
  5. Attend a Professional Standards Training seminar (every 3 yrs)

Working with Children Checks

NB: Working with Children Checks are free for Volunteers.

Have a WWCC already?

If you have a current Working With Children Check but have not listed 'Newstart Church' as an Organisation you Volunteer with, please update your details.

Please list all 3 of the below organisations:

  • Newstart Church, PO Box 669, Werribee VIC 3030. ph 0418 427 114.
  • Anglican Diocese of Melbourne - Reachwest, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000. ph 03 9653 4220.
  • Kooyoora Ltd, PO Box 329, Canterbury VIC 3126. ph 03 9416 1008.

and ensure occupational fields include Religious organisations and Volunteer

Need to Apply for a WWCC?

The process to Apply for a Working with Children Check is initially online, after which you will need to go to a Post Office to submit and have your Photo taken. 

Please list all 3 of the below organisations:

  • Newstart Church, PO Box 669, Werribee VIC 3030. ph 0418 427 114.
  • Anglican Diocese of Melbourne - Reachwest, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000. ph 03 9653 4220.
  • Kooyoora Ltd, PO Box 329, Canterbury VIC 3126. ph 03 9416 1008.

and ensure occupational fields include Religious organisations and Volunteer

Police Checks

A Police Check (otherwise known as a National Criminal History Report) should be obtained through the Parish page on the CrimCheck website. This will ensure a copy of your Police Check (Nationally Coordinated Police History Check) is sent to Kooyoora Ltd acting on behalf of Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation Ltd.

Please read the disclaimer carefully on the website and take note that clicking 'yes' formally indicates your consent for a National Police Check to be lodged.

Fill in the form on the following page, taking extra care with personal information, as once the check is submitted to the National Police this cannot be changed. Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email from CrimCheck with full details of your check request and next steps.

You will be required to confirm your identity by arranging a time to visit the Parish office to show the Crimcheck Administrator original identity documents (minimum proof of ID requirements). Once presented, the administrator will lodge your Police Check.

You will receive an email with a copy of your National Criminal History Check once the check is completed.

Clearance for Service from Kooyoora

The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne expects the highest standards of professional service from its clergy and lay people. Kooyoora Ltd operate the office of professional standards for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. Check the Clearance for Service Volunteer Clearance Requirements table in regards to
required clearances.

Kooyoora Ltd is an independent Professional Standards company which undertakes Professional Standards work for non for profit charitable entities.