Volunteers and visitors are welcomed into the school environment as valued school members and role models.

This includes parents and carers, and friends of the school.

  • It is also important that schools manage and supervise volunteers and visitors at the school and school activities.
  • Schools need to have a way of identifying volunteers or visitors, which may include visitors having specific areas/times for visiting and sign-in processes.
  • Schools are required to ensure that volunteers have the appropriate approvals to work with children, such as a Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP).

Do I need a Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP)?

  • All Department for Education, Children and Young People employees, volunteers (including the School Association Committee), contractors and external providers are required to maintain a current Tasmanian RWVP.
  • You will need proof of a current Tasmanian RWVP to be a volunteer at your child’s school or school activities.
  • If you are simply visiting your child’s school (i.e. are invited to attend particular school events or activities at your child’s school) you will not require a RWVP.
  • You do NOT require a RWVP to:
    • Drop off or collect your child, including a short period of settling your child in class where the teacher is present.
    • Attend school events such as assemblies, school sports carnivals, plays and concerts, whole-school events (where you are not a direct participant and/or do not assist in the organisation or operation of the event).
    • Attend school activities for parents or public events such as a parent information evening, parent/teacher meetings, school fairs, opening of new school facilities or programs, or to hear a guest speaker (where you do not assist in the organisation or operation of the activity).

How do I apply for a Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP)?

  • The Tasmanian Department of Justice administers the RWVP process and applications.
  • It may take up to six weeks for an RWVP to be issued and the application cost is paid by the applicant, not the school.
  • More information is available at the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services website.

How do we work together for a safe school?

  • While on school grounds or at a school activity, everyone has the right to be safe and be treated fairly and respectfully.
  • Volunteers and visitors are expected to behave in away that supports a safe school environment, in line with the school’s policy for volunteers and visitors.
  • This means that everyone at our school agrees:
    • We behave in a safe and respectful manner
    • We use constructive and appropriate language
    • We treat school property with respect
    • We work together to support learning
    • We cooperate with staff instructions and school procedures
    • We drive slowly and carefully on school campus
    • We behave in line with our school’s behaviour policy.
  • If unacceptable behaviour is displayed on school grounds or at a school activity the principal (or their delegate) may ask you to leave. Note: a request by a principal that an adult leaves must be respected and complied with under the Education Act 2016.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your child’s school would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about their policy for school volunteers and visitors, and the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People requirements.