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The Working with Children Check (the Check) assists in protecting your child from sexual or physical harm by screening the criminal records and professional conduct of people doing child-related work.

When a person passes the Check, it means that the Department of Justice & Regulation has determined that they do not pose an unjustifiable risk to children. The organisation engaging the person must then assess whether they are suitable to work with children, and continue to monitor their behaviour.

Protecting your child

By law, organisations such as childcare services and sporting clubs must make sure that workers doing child-related work have a Check.

Before your child participates in activities at an organisation, you may wish to learn more about how the organisation recruits and supervises workers who will be caring for your child. The Commission for Children and Young People has useful information on how to recognise a child-safe organisation.

If your child is tutored by a self-employed person, it is up to you to make sure the tutor has a current Check. Ask the tutor to show you their card or application receipt. Take a note of the tutor’s last name and card or receipt number then find out if they have a valid Check using the Check status service. 

Your work with children

If you intend to do child-related work, you must obtain a Check unless you are exempt. Working with your own child is an exempt activity under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act).

Example 1: Mark coaches his daughter's junior football team. He does not need a Check to coach the team, even if his daughter is sick one week and cannot play. However, if she is promoted to the senior team, Mark must pass the Check to continue coaching the junior team.

Example 2: Sarah has volunteered to rake sand in the long jump pit at her son’s school athletics carnival. Her son is competing in the discus event. Although Sarah is not present at the discus event, it is part of the larger athletics carnival, so Sarah is exempt from the Check.

If you are working with children other than your own and you do not qualify for any other exemption under the Act, you need a Check.

Once you have applied for a Check you can work while your application is processed, unless you have been charged with, convicted or found guilty of a serious sexual, violent or drug offence listed in clause 2 of Schedule 3 of the Act.

For details, go to Applicant obligations.