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Apply for a CheckThis section explains what is involved in applying for a Check:


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?


My work is child-related work and I am not exempt, what do I do?

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

It is a serious offence for you to do child-related work without passing the Check. For details, go to the List of offences and Application assessment.