Working with Children Check for OVACC Staff and Volunteers


  1. The applicant should fill out an online application at:
  2. The applicant will need to nominate whether they are a paid employee or a volunteer. Under child-related sector the applicant should select “religious services”.
  3. Once the online application has been completed a WWCC Application Number will be issued to the applicant.
  4. The applicant must then take their WWCC Application Number and proof of their identity to the Roads and Maritime Services registry (formerly RTA).
  5. If the applicant is in paid child-related employment, an application fee of $80 will be payable. There is no fee for volunteers.
  6. Once the application has been processed, the applicant will be advised of the outcome by email. Most applications will be processed within 48 hours.
  7. The applicant should immediately provide your parish (email details to  please include your date-of-birth) with the WWCC Application Number in order for the check to be verified.
  8. After the check has been processed, the applicant will receive a clearance or a bar. Workers must receive a clearance within the time frames stated in order to undertake child-related work.

Safe Ministry Training Seminars

Safe Ministry Training: Our Commitment

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safe ministry 1safe ministry 1The Anglican Diocese of Armidale affirms that all people have the right to be spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically safe.

The Bible identifies classes of vulnerable people who are to be protected and given special care and treatment in society because of their powerlessness such as the poor, widows, orphans and aliens. As His people Christians are called to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before Him (Micah 6:8).

The Anglican Church in Australia has made a commitment to keeping all people safe through the passing of canons and/or model ordinances relating to professional standards which have been adopted by our Diocesan Synod. Further to this, our parishes and special districts operate under the Parish Structures Ordinance 1979-2000 which seeks to govern the safe and respectful conduct of ministry at the local level.

We also live in a country that legislates for people’s safety, including legislation and regulations for the safety of children and vulnerable adults. Our Safe Ministry policy takes into consideration relevant legislation and regulations such as, but not limited to, the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the New South Wales Crimes Act 1900, the New South Wales Child and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

The Diocese’s policies aim to:

  • ensure that leaders and programs are safe;
  • ensure that all people are respected and valued;
  • minimise the risk of abuse, ministry misconduct and the misuse of positional power having leaders and programs appropriately vetted; and
  • ensure that all cases of suspected abuse, ministry misconduct and grievances are handled in a fair and just manner.

At OVACC, we have been conducting our Safe ministry training using the material provided by Youth Works.  If you have any questions please request a contact to our Safe Ministry Officer via the contact us form on the home page.

Children’s Ministries Training Day

On the weekend 65 Scripture teachers, Sunday School teachers, and children’s ministry leaders gathered in the Hall at Oxley Vale Public School to enrich their skills in teaching the bible to children . The Kidswise Tamworth Training Day was very well received and the three seminars were great. The seminars were:

  • Building An Effective Children’s Ministry,
  • Presenting The Gospel To Children,
  • Group Management were very helpful and informative.

OVACC takes seriously our responsibility of caring and teaching the children who are entrusted to our care.

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All Welcome to Hear Bishop Rick Lewers on March 1

Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers will be speaking at a special one-off event on Sunday 1st March at Oxley Vale Public School. Hosted by Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church, the event will begin at 9am and the Bishop will be speaking on the topic: “LOVE can be highly overrated.” Bishop Rick is a dynamic, compelling and humorous speaker, highly-in-demand across the Diocese and the country.

All are welcome at this exciting event!

Bishop Rick Lewers speaks on LOVE

Course Sign-up, Term 1 2015

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Solidarity Sunday

We at OVACC are praying for our brothers and sisters in Iraq. We are also participating in “Solidarity Sunday ” on the 2nd November. If you would like t-shirts (large size) for $7 for the occasion please tell one of the staff on Sunday. If you would like to find our more go to this address here.Prayer for Iraq

Holiday Kid’s Club Registrations


Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church’s annual Kid’s Holiday Club is on again this October!

Registrations are now open for ‘Follow The CLues’ – a 3 day program on 1-3 October, including a Friday afternoon performance for parents, grandparents and carers (at 5pm, including a BBQ dinner).

The price is excellent and fun is guaranteed!

Register now using this form..

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While our services are usually happy occasions. Today we prayed for, gave and stood in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Iraq.

With us were also the other churches across Tamworth in their own services

The sign that is being held by everyone is the arabic letter “N”. This symbol is being painted on Christians houses to designate where Christians live. Christians in Iraq are being forced to convert to Islam, forfeit their property or leave otherwise they will be killed. Even if they do pay the tax, most reports state that the militants come and still kill and take what they want. Today we prayed for them and supported the Bible Society in Kurdish Iraq

Prayer Day for Iraq

On Sunday 24th the churches across Tamworth are joining in prayer for the victims of persecution in Iraq.

Prayer for Iraq


Each church will be praying in their individual services and also taking a collection to support the victims of persecution from IS (formerly ISIS or ISIL). At OVACC we will be praying both in our 8am and 10:00 am services with a special collection going to the Bible Society.

You can see the Prime 7 news article  here

More information about what is happening on the ground can be found at the Bible Society: Support for Iraqi Christians and persecuted minorities

Patricia Weerakoon Visit

Patricia’s first events will be in Tamworth from the 30th July – 1st August.
Her first public event will be at St Peter’s Anglican Church on Wednesday the 30th July. She will be speaking on Living with Sexual Integrity. This event is for women, and girls aged 15 and over are invited. 7pm-9pm. By donation.

Thursday 31st July she will be speaking at West Tamworth Public School from 7pm-9pm (by donation). Her topic is Parenting in the Cyberworld. This is suitable for parents of children of all ages. Older teens are also welcome.

A description of her seminars and dates can be found here:

Friday 1st August will be a youth event held at Tamworth Baptist Church from 6pm-9:30pm. Her topic will be Teen Sex – By the Book.

Men’s Breakfast


July 19th will see the Men of OVACC sharing breakfast together, hearing from Chris Trethewy and working together supporting our local Public School by doing some odd jobs around the school. Contact Simon via the email link if you would like to participate.Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 23.29.32


On the 17th August we give thanks for another year of sharing the gospel in Northern Tamworth. Anyone is free to join us for a thanksgiving service at 9am with Communion.  The AGM will start at 10:00. After the AGM concludes we will have lunch together in the School Hall. Hope to see you thereScreen Shot 2014-06-30 at 14.44.35

Church Camp



June 20-22nd saw some of OVACC enjoy a weekend at Lynchwood Scout camp. We looked at the intensive of “The Course of Your Life” and we were challenged to think about how our unity with Christ effects our work, relationships, family and gathering together. We had a great time of fellowship as well and also enjoyed bush walks, archery and a bonfire. Church Camp

The Course of Your Life

Last Sunday we started “The Course of Your life” as a whole church.

Are you interested in knowing what God wants for your life? Have you ever even thought about what God wants for your life? This course aims to help us all understand what God’s agenda is for our lives so we can then know, the course of your life.

Bible Study groups are looking at the biblical material during the week, couples are meeting together to do the 1-2-1 studies and we are having topical sermons on the chapters through the book. Please contact the office if you would like to join a small group and be part of this exciting chapter of our community.Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 9.32.36

Mens Breakfast

Next Saturday we plan to have a breakfast together for all the men at church. Bring along a mate for a great morning together and hearing from Steve Etherington about his work with CMS in the Northern Territory and how God got him there. Details on flyer MB-20140329-DL

Easter Services @ OVACC

Our Easter services this year will be held in the Oxley Vale School Hall at 9:30 am Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services at 8 and 10am 20th April. Our church has a casual vibrant feel with people who are serious about being genuine Christians. During the service you would expect to have a time of reading the bible and hearing it taught, singing songs about our great God, and praying for our world, our nation and ourselves. All easter services include Holy Communion.

Easter Services
Easter Services

Easter Services @ OVACC

Easter Services
Easter Services

Our Easter services this year will be held in the Oxley Vale School Hall at 9:30 am Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services at 8 and 10am 20th April. Our church has a casual vibrant feel with people who are serious about being genuine Christians. During the service you would expect to have a time of reading the bible and hearing it taught, singing songs about our great God, and praying for our world, our nation and ourselves. All easter services include Holy Communion.

Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia Day


Friday 28th February was scheduled as Clean Up Australia Day, and the members of Oxley Vale Anglican pitched in to lend a hand, gathering bags of rubbish from around the premises of the school where we meet.

This is an important community event in communities around Australia, and, for the Christian community it is an opportunity to reflect locally God’s global love for his creation. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 24 –

The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers.

Nextgen Uganda

In January this year 21 Australians travelled across to the North Kigezi Diocese in South Western Uganda including Simon and Erin, Matthew and Lyndy.

The team went across to run the “Nextgen” conference. The Nextgen conference is a youth leadership conference that aims to equip youth leaders with skills to teach the bible in their local settings. One of the great strengths of the Nextgen conference is that it teaches a model that can be used on any bible passage.

Our team that went across said that a constant highlight of the conference was hearing the talks and bible studies that were prepared using the five stage model.

Simon reported that IMG_1420Johnson, one of the delegates, said with one of the biggest smiles he’d seen, that “he looked forward to going back to his parish and leading bible studies with much deeper questions”.

Previously, he said, his studies were ‘very shallow’.

On top of the conference, we were able to run a clergy marriage enrichment course and were able to be involved with Sunday Services.