What is it?
To build trust and integrity in Learnmate’s community, tutors can earn a Working with Children Check (“WWCC”) badge on their profile by providing their current WWCC (or equivalent) to Learnmate to verify.
Being a teacher or tutor in Australia generally means working with children under the age of 18. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of young and vulnerable people in our community, Australia’s States and Territories require that tutors have a valid WWCC (or equivalent) in order to do paid or volunteer tutoring work. All tutors are encouraged to apply for this badge by providing their WWCC (or equivalent) to Learnmate.
How to get a WWCC badge?
If you don’t already have one, apply for a WWCC by following your relevant State or Territory instructions here. Then:
What are they?
In addition to a WWCC badge, tutors can earn an ATA Trained badge and Qualified Teacher badge on their profile by:
How to get these badges?
Ask a tutor for their check
If a tutor has the WWCC badge, you can rest assured that Learnmate has verified that this tutor has been cleared to work with children in Australia.
However, not all tutors will have earned the WWCC badge on Learnmate. You should ask your tutor for a copy of their WWCC (or equivalent) before your first lesson. Your State or Territory should have a free online tool for you to verify the currency of the tutor’s check.
Safe environments & privacy
If lessons are to be in-person with your tutor, make sure you are comfortable meeting in the suggested meeting place and we recommend you don’t share your home or private address until you have built trust and a rapport with your tutor. Try to always meet where others are around.
If you’re engaging in online tutoring, it should never take place from a student or tutor’s bedroom and a student should always have the lesson on loudspeaker with a parent or guardian present or in earshot of the computer.