In this section, you will find information about applications for the Working with Children (WWC) Check, including:
- how to lodge your application
- what happens to your application after submitting it
- your obligations as an applicant
- how the Department of Justice uses and protects your personal information
- how the department assesses applications
- what happens if you:
- pass the WWC Check (the Check)
- are required by the department to provide further information
- receive an Interim Negative Notice
- fail the Check
- how to withdraw your application.
Before you apply for a WWC Check
You must determine if your work is ‘child-related work’. If it is, you need to apply for a Check unless you qualify for an exemption. Click Do I need a Check? to find out if you require a Check or not.
Organisations can determine if a role or position requires a Check using Do my workers need a Check?
You must apply for a Check before you commence child-related work.
If you have not applied for the Check but you are already engaged in child-related work you must cease this work until you have lodged an application.
When you lodge an application for a WWC Check, you will receive an application receipt. You may engage in child-related work on the receipt unless you have been charged with or convicted of a serious physical or sexual offence known as a Category 1 or Category 2 offence under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act).
If you have a Category 1 or a 2 offence, you cannot work with or care for children until the Department of Justice has processed your application and only then if you are issued with a WWC Check card. It is a serious offence for you to engage in child-related work without a WWC Check card. See Relevant offences list and Application assessment for details.
There are other situations where you may not or cannot engage in child-related work until you have passed the Check and received a WWC Check card. See Individual offences and Interim Negative Notices.
- a WWC Check online application summary or completed paper form
- a photograph of passport size and quality
- original and current proof of identity (POI) documents
- your application fee if you are applying for an Employee card.