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Existing child-related workers
and volunteers who work in child
development and family welfare
services have between now and
March 31, 2015 to apply for a new
Working With Children Check.
Even employees who were
previously checked under the old
system will need to apply for a new
Working With Children Check as
part of the phase-in schedule of the
Child-related workers and
volunteers in the following groups
need to obtain and provide their
application or clearance number
to their employer or relevant
organisation for online verification by
March 31, 2015:
Child development and family
Religious services (youth groups,
youth camps, teaching children
and child care)
Transport services for children
The new Working With Children
Check is more streamlined than the
old one and all systems are now
online. The check is also paperless
and cleared applicants will receive a
number, not a card or a certificate.
There are only two outcomes: a
clearance to work with children or a
bar against working with children.
Applicants should allow four weeks
to receive their results.
For more information and help
with completing a new Working
With Children Check go to www.
newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au or phone
02 9286 7219.
in Wagga Wagga
I was very pleased to read the
tribute to Past Rotary International
President Royce Abbey in your April
edition of Rotary Down Under.
To complement RDU’s tribute I
would like to mention that Royce
Abbey has a special place among
the Rotarians of District 9700.
District 9700 is keeping alive the
memory of his great contribution
to Rotary’s peace initiatives in its
annual Royce Abbey Peace Oration.
The Inaugural Royce Abbey Peace
Oration was given by Royce in
2000 on the occasion of the first
Rotary District International Peace
Conference held in Wagga Wagga.
This celebrated the dedication of
the Rotary peace monument by
Royce, which established Wagga
Wagga as the first Rotary Peace
City in the world.
Subsequently, there have been
three orations delivered and
published: 2011, by Ambassador and
Professor Richard P Broinowski; by
Past Rotary International President
Bill Boyd QSO at the second Rotary
Peace Communities International
Conference in 2012; and on the
International Day of Peace 2013, by
Brigadier Graeme W Finney OAM.
The Royce Abbey Peace Oration
is now scheduled in Wagga Wagga
as an annual event on September
21 to celebrate the International
Day of Peace and in memory of
Ray King OAM
Past Governor, District 9700
When I was invited to write
a tribute to the late RI Past
President Royce Abbey – my
friend of nearly 50 years – I was
pleased to accept the assignment
and submitted my copy, confident
that my carefully (and I might add
“lovingly”) prepared item would
appear as it had been written.
I was mortified to find that the
mish-mash published in the April
issue under my name bore so
little resemblance to my original
as to be totally unrecognisable.
To begin with, as anyone who
knows me is aware, I abhor the
“PDG” title and would never
include it in my own byline;
nor am I in the habit of using
post-nominals – except in some
official communications or
Second, Royce Abbey was
an Officer of the Order of
Australia and was awarded the
Distinguished Conduct Medal
for gallantry. His correct post-
nominals, therefore, were AO
DCM, not OAM.
Third, while it is recognised
that unnecessarily prolix
contributions need to be
condensed, they should not be
completely re-written without
reference to the author.
May I respectfully recommend
that you remind your editorial
staff that Rotary Down Under
is not the publication of some
inconsequential amateur social,
political or sporting group, but
an official regional magazine
of Rotary International, of
which the highest professional
standard is expected.
Rotar y Club of Lower Blue
(A former Governor of
Child development and family
welfare services to be phased in to
the Working With Children Check
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