FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BY TUTORS, TEACHERS, ANGELS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
Do I have to have a Bluecard?
In all states right across Australia you must have a Blue Card to work with children regardless if it is voluntary or not. It is up to the volunteer to get their own Blue Card and upload it with their drivers licence when they register to volunteer with AHVISE on this website. Apply for a Blue Card HERE.
Do I need a Blue Card for Australia wide?
No. Volunteers only need cards for the states where they intend to take placements.
Where do I get a Blue Card?
There are a number of ways you can apply for a Blue Card. Go to the internet and search the “State” you wish to volunteer in with the words “Blue Card”. You are looking for the “Children Clearance” Blue Card.
For QLD go HERE > https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/
Alternatively you can apply with the Police direct HERE https://policecheckexpress.com.au/
Does my partner need a Working With Children check?
Yes. If your partner is helping you in the school room or maybe sports and anything involved with the children they must have a Blue Card too.
How do I enter my Blue Card into the system?
When you register with the AHVISE Registration Form on this website there will be instructions for you to provide your scanned copy of your Blue Card and drivers licence.
Do I have to write the curriculum for my student while I am on the placement?
No. Please do not change the child’s curriculum because when you leave, mum has to go back to what they know. Distance Education schools or home schooling (or whatever program the family are enrolled in) send out assignments and your job is to supervise these and help child/children catch up and do extra if needed. Always discuss with parent on progress in the schoolroom. These mothers are very busy. They appreciate honest feedback and open and honest communication about how their child/children are progressing in their schoolwork.
How long do I stay at one placement?
There is no time limit. Should a family require help to have someone for one full school term, this is okay and worked out with the Coordinator and the family. it is advised that no placement will be under 6 weeks, the reason being one unit/assignment of school work is 2 weeks, that means you are helping that student do 3 units.
Can I Choose when I do a Placement?
You can choose when you wish to help families in the outback, by providing your preferred dates when you type in your preferences for dates/time of the year you wish to volunteer, on the registration forms on this website.
What about travel costs?
Tutors are responsible for their own accommodation to and from placements.
Volunteers are requested to keep fuel dockets to claim for fuel costs. This claim is to be submitted to AHVISE and this claim is caped at $1,500 per placement, upon receipts.
What happens if my placement “goes wrong”?
We are all individuals but it is very rare that there is a clash, and if there is, it generally is because there hasn’t been enough communication between all parties. If you do not wish to stay or things have gone wrong, you should contact your Coordinator immediately and action will be put in place to terminate you from the placement .
Is there anything should do before leaving for a placement?
After making contact with your Coordinator who matched you with the family, it is good idea to make contact with, and talk to parents and the child, if they wish. Ask the parent for permission to make contact with the School they are enrolled with and have a talk with their teacher. You can inquire whether they have any learning problems, do they like art, sport, music, etc. Try and find out what the child/children likes, dislikes, as this can help you prepare for your time with them better.
I am an Angel, what can I do?
Angels are also just as important as Tutors. Everyone plays a major role. They mostly are the Tutor’s partner, but not always. Some families may have medical emergencies, and Angels can help keep things ticking along. Maybe help around the house or in the garden or maybe just be a cowboy gardener. You could help in the kitchen or maybe help out in the workshop. Be open and discuss ideas with the family before you go. Tell them what you like doing and happy to help with. Communication is the key to successful placement!
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