The Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (the WWVP Act) aims to reduce the risk of harm or neglect to vulnerable people* in the ACT.

The WWVP Act requires those who work or volunteer with vulnerable people to have a background check and be registered.

As a Justice of the Peace, you are not required to register simply because you are a JP. The need for registration is effected by how often you provide services to vulnerable people as well as whether the contact is incidental.

WWVP registration is required where

  • contact with vulnerable people would be reasonably expected as part of the activity and is not incidental to the activity, and
  • contact with vulnerable people occurs more than 3 days in any 4-week period or 7 days in any 12-month period.

If you think your circumstances as a JP require registration under the WWVP Act, you should contact Access Canberra on 6207 6444, or email

For information on Working With Vulnerable People registration refer to Access Canberra’s Working with vulnerable people (WWVP) registration page.

* A person is defined as being vulnerable if they are a child under the age of 18 years or an adult who is experiencing disadvantage and accesses a regulated activity or service related to the disadvantage.