If you pass the Working with Children Check (Check), the Department of Justice and Regulation will let you know by email and you will receive a card in the mail within two weeks.
Your card has your name, photograph, card number, card type, expiry date and other unique security features on it to prevent fraudulent use.
Checks are valid for five years from the date you pass the Check. Relevant criminal records continue to be monitored during this time. Your Check may be suspended or revoked if you are charged with a relevant offence, or if a professional conduct report is made against you by the bodies listed in What is checked.
- An Employee Check allows you to do any paid or voluntary child-related work.
- A Volunteer Check can only be used for voluntary child-related work.
- If you have a Volunteer Check and you wish to do paid child-related work, you need to switch to an Employee Check. To do this, register for a MyCheck account and log in. It is unlawful to do paid child-related work on a Volunteer Check.
If the screening does not reveal any relevant offences or adverse professional conduct reports, you will pass the Check.
For details, go to Application assessment.
If you fail the Check and the department issues you with a Negative Notice, you may in most cases appeal the department’s decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). After hearing your appeal, VCAT may decide in your favour and order the department to give you a card.
For more information, go to Failing the Check.
By law, you must keep your details up to date. The department uses these to remind you when your Check is due to expire. If you wish to continue child-related work, you can renew it for a further five years.
For details, go to Renew your Check.