Volunteer organisation authorisation number
Volunteer organisation authorisation number (VOAN)
The South Australian Government meets the cost of police checks - 'National Police Certificates' for volunteers who work with vulnerable groups such as children, the aged or people with a disability. The scheme does not apply to paid employees of a volunteer organisation.
How to apply for a VOAN
Step 1: The organisation needs to check that they meet all of the following criteria:
1. The services provided by the organisation involve volunteers who have:
2. Services provided by the organisation provide a charity or community service good.
3. The organisation is not a member or affiliated club or association of a larger organisation. A VOAN will be provided to the central body only. For example, a VOAN issued by Netball SA would also be used by the Wudinna United Netball Club.
4. The organisation has incorporated status.
Step 2: The organisation needs to download - complete online - print, a VOAN application:
Step 3: The organisation needs sign the completed application and post it to:
Information Services Branch
Step 4: SAPOL will process the application and advice the organisation in writing if their application has been approved and if appropriate issue them with an authorisation number.
Step 5: The organisation, once they have obtained their VOAN can submit volunteer police check applications to South Australia Police at no cost. The VOAN must be provided by all volunteers seeking a waiver of fees.
Step 6: Individual volunteers will need to apply for a police check application and have it endorsed by the volunteer organisation to substantiate their volunteer role.
Contact - Information Services Branch - Records Release Unit
Phone: (08) 7322 3347
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