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Poll:Should ECE services making 21 or more vet applications in a 12 mth period pay for every application?

Yes I agree they should
1 5%
No the first 20 should be free for all services regardless of number of applications made
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Only if services that make 20 or fewer applications are also charged for every single application
1 5%
Don't know or no opinion
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Total number of voters: 20
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TOPIC: Fairness of police vetting service charges

Fairness of police vetting service charges 5 months 3 weeks ago #902

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An ECE service that does not make more than 20 vetting applications in a 12 month period is not charged to use the vetting service. On the other hand, an ECE service that makes 21 or more applications is charged for every single application.

As the fee has been set to offset the actual cost of providing the vetting services, ECE services with 21 or more applications are effectively subsidising other ECE services with 20 or less applications.

So, should ECE services that make 21 or more vetting applications in a 12 month period have to pay for every application?

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Fairness of police vetting service charges 5 months 2 weeks ago #903

Our kindergarten association is community-based. Its not fair that we are stung by this extra cost especially too because its for children's safety that all support staff and relievers are vetted

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Fairness of police vetting service charges 5 months 2 weeks ago #904

Well its only fair that bigger services pay more. They can afford to, its the smaller services that are struggling. What a ridiculous question!

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Fairness of police vetting service charges 5 months 2 weeks ago #905

I feel a fair system would be the same charges for all services.
As it stands currently - the first 20 are free - but as soon as you do 21..... you are then charged for the previous 20 that were free.
I think a better system would be the same charge for all services :-) and everyone pays for every application made.

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Fairness of police vetting service charges 5 months 1 week ago #908

Unfortunately the size of the organisation does not dictate the number of police vettes requested during the year. If you run a homebased ECE service, you are required to vette, not just the applicant but all adults over the age of 17 in the home, but regular visitors as well. I am in complete agreement with this ruling, as it helps to keep children safe. However that means for each prospective educator we think about accepting there are at least two and often four police vettes required. It does not take long to get over the limit of 20 free. This year we are faced with the prospect of about 400 re-vetting applications as the ones for the educators and their family expire. This is not a situation that many centre based services face. This is a growing cost for the lowest funded ECE sector
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Fairness of police vetting service charges 5 months 1 week ago #909

Completely agree with Amanda's comment. Home-based services are at a disadvantage (and our funding is already lower than most). It needs to be reviewed with exceptions for home-based.
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Fairness of police vetting service charges 5 months 1 week ago #910

Are kindergartens also not registered charities? If so then there is no cost.

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