Sat 10 Jul 2021 2:48AM

Question about minimum age for membership

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In our Membership policy we have the wording

We strive to be welcoming to all who wish to contribute, and to attract a membership reflecting

Oceania's diverse open geospatial community, with regard to factors including (but not limited to)

gender, race, age, geographic region, projects, programming languages, and interests.

However we may have a requirement to organise working with children checks if we accept those under a certain age into the organisation. In Victoria, we would be exempt however in New Zealand, this may differ depending on what "training" is defined as.

I am interested in the Boards initial thoughts in this area.


Jonah Sullivan Sat 10 Jul 2021 4:07AM

ACT requires a WWVP check for junior sport clubs, but I think a conference attendee or volunteer event would count as incidental contact and not require the WWVP.

The Canberra Python User Group has had minors attend meetings without issue, but it isn't a legal entity so the liability would probably go to the venue (ANU).

I have trouble imagining getting ALL volunteers registered, especially for non-ongoing or irregular contact.


Alex Leith Tue 13 Jul 2021 3:50AM

I don't have any thoughts about this, and don't know what the implications are.

Perhaps we should seek advice?


Edoardo Neerhut Wed 14 Jul 2021 5:38AM

It's a fair question, but is it a problem we need to address right now? Should we leave it open and address it if we get a number of children applying (good problem to have)?