Child Safe Environments

New Child Safe Policies from Gymnastics Australia and changes to the South Australian Legislation.

Gymnastics South Australia is committed to the safety, wellbeing, and empowerment of all children accessing our programs and services including indigenous children, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and children and adults with disability.

Gymnastics Australia’s Child Safe Policy and Member Protection Policy are part of the organisation’s proactive and preventative approach to uphold our commitment to the safety, wellbeing, participation and empowerment of all children who access our activities, programs, services or facilities.

The Member Protection Policy and the new Child Safe Policy should be read in conjunction with each other. The Child Safe Policy outlines the Codes of Behaviour expected when dealing with children, whilst the Member Protection Policy outlines the general Codes of Ethics and Behaviour for specific cohorts within the sport. It also outlines the discipline by-law and appeals process.

Both policies apply to anyone involved in the sport of gymnastics in Australia including (but not limited to) employees, members, parents/guardians, spectators, volunteers, judges and other officials. For a comprehensive list of who is bound by these policies please refer to 
Section 1.3 of the Member Protection Policy and Section 3 of the Child Safe Policy.

To download copies of the documents click here

New Legislation

From 1 July 2019, South Australia’s child-related employment and volunteer screening will be replaced with a new Working With Children Check (WWCC), as legislated under the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016. The introduction of the new legislation is being led by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

As an organisation that already had required mandatory child related screenings, there are not wholesale changes to how we operate.

One new change is that anyone 14 years old or over will now require a screening, the previous minimum age requirement was 18 years.

Please continue to use the same link and GSA will continue to assist you and your club to ensure we are compliant.

Key features of the new law include:

  • Only the Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening Unit can conduct and issue a WWCC.
  • Individuals will be able to apply for a WWCC from 1 July 2019.
  • WWCC are valid for 5 years instead of the current three years.
  • A WWCC will be portable across jobs and organisations, anywhere in South Australia.

DHS has commenced a public promotion and education campaign. Members of sport and recreation organisations are encouraged to familiarise themselves with information available on the  DHS website.               

Technical Members

As part of Gymnastics Australia’s (GA) ongoing commitment to child safety, all Technical Members will be required to complete the 20-minute GA Child Safety Online Course, prior to 2019 Technical Member renewals. 

To access the course at no cost to Technical Members:
1.    Log in to your Gymnastics Australia account at gymnastics.org.au/myaccount.
2.    Click the Go to LMS button.
3.    In the LMS, click the purple Browse Catalog button.
4.    Click Child Safety Courses and Webinars and on the following page you can enrol in the online course.

Once the online course has been completed a certificate and two (2) updating points will be issued via the LMS. Each Technical Member will be required to provide this certificate (or the GV Child Protection Online Course certificate) prior to 2019 Technical Member renewal.


Club Administrator

As part of Gymnastics Australia’s (GA) ongoing commitment to child safety, a new affiliation requirement has been put in place for 2019 Club Affiliations and renewals. 

All currently affiliated Clubs will be required to have a minimum one person (preferably a key administrator) from their club participate in an interactive child safe webinar.

This webinar - designed and presented by Bravehearts specifically for the gymnastics community - will educate Clubs on important child safety topics and contribute towards creating safer environments for our children and young people.

The webinar covers the following modules:

  • Facts and statistics about child abuse and neglect
  • Definitions of child abuse
  • Indicators of child abuse
  • Sexual behavioural problems
  • Recognising and responding to grooming
  • Protective factors
  • Responding to disclosures 
  • Reporting concerns
  • A child protection culture
  • GA and Bravehearts initiatives

The webinar will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be accessed at no cost to the club or individual.

The individual who completes the webinar would ideally be the club administrator, member of staff or committee member who attends the Club regularly. Once the webinar has been completed a certificate will be issued via the LMS. The Club will be required to upload a copy of this certificate as part of the affiliation renewal process.

DHS Screening
How to register for a DHS application with Gymnastics SA

If you currently do not have a working with children check {or DHS - Child Related Employment Check} you will now be able to start your application via Gym SA.  Gymnastics SA is the Registered Organisation with the DHS Screening Unit.

 To start an application please complete the initial JOT form. CLICK HERE

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once the JOT form is completed  GSA can initiate your application with the Screening unit (allow up to 7 days). 

  • You will receive an email from the DHS Screening Unit with a link to commence your online application.
  • Each applicant will need to pay for their DHS check unless otherwise arranged with their club.
  • Once you have received your certificate in the post, please take this to your club to have this documented.