This section explains what is involved in applying for a Check:
- Apply for a Check
- How to lodge your application
- Proof of identity requirements
- Photo requirements
- What happens after you lodge your application
- Your obligations as an applicant
- What is checked during the screening
- How your personal information is used and protected
- How the department assesses applications
- What happens if you:
- How to withdraw your application.
Before you apply for a Check
First, check if you are doing child-related work or qualify for an exemption under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act) by taking the quiz Do I need a Check?
Organisations can determine if their workers require a Check by taking the quiz Do my workers need a Check?
You must apply for a Check before you commence child-related work.
If you are already doing child-related work, and are not exempt, you must cease this work until you apply.
Most people can do child-related work while their application is processed however under the Act you cannot if you:
- have been charged with, or convicted or found guilty of a sexual, violent or drug offence listed in clause 2 of Schedule 3 of the Act
- have previously been given a Negative Notice
- are subject to orders or reporting obligations under the:
- Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004
- Serious Sex Offenders Monitoring Act 2005
- Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009
- will be supervising a child in employment under the Child Employment Act 2003
- will be working under the Education and Care Services National Law (Victoria) or the Children's Services Regulations 2009