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Proof of identity requirements

Proving your identity is essential when dealing with Working with Children Check Unit. It's necessary to protect your identity and privacy, to ensure the accuracy and integrity of information that is analysed and to prevent applications being lodged under false names.

Applying in Victoria

Victorian applicants have the option of securely verifying their identity electronically when completing their application form online, or presenting their identity documents in person at a participating Victorian Australia Post outlet at time of application lodgement.

The combination of identity documents required varies depending on whether you follow electronic or in-person identity verification.

Electronic identity verification

Verifying your identity online will save you time at the counter of a participating Australia Post outlet, as you will need to only present one acceptable photo identification document to finalise your application.

Electronic identity verification is a secure service. Your details are securely submitted to the Australian Government's Document Verification Service (DVS), which compares the identifying information with available government records.

Acceptable proof of identity documents - electronic identity verification

Follow the prompts online when completing your online application form to enter the details of two primary documents from the list below. Your documents must be current and when combined, show your full name, date of birth and photo.

If you successfully verify your identity electronically, you will need to present one acceptable photo ID document at Australia Post.

 

Proof of identity documents - Electronic identity verification


Documents First name Surname DOB Photo
Australian passport (dated up to two years after the expiry date)

Required

Required

Required

Required

Australian driver's licence

Required

Required

Required

Required

Australian driver's learner's permit

Required

Required

Required

Required

Immigration (Immi) card

Required

Required

Required

Required

Australian birth certificate issued by Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Required

Required

Required

 

Current Australian visa or document for travel within Australia

Required

 

Required

 

Required

 

 
Australian citizenship certificate

Required

Required

Required

 

Medicare card

Required

Required

Required

 

Marriage certificate issued by Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages (verifies against original name only)

Required

Required

 

 


 

In-person identity verification

Victorian applicants who choose not to, or are unable to verify their identity electronically must take three original proof of identity documents with them to a participating Victorian Australia Post outlet. The three documents from the list below must be current and when combined, show your full name, date of birth and photo. The acceptable combinations are one primary document and two secondary documents, or two primary documents and one secondary document. With the exception of foreign passports, all proof of identity documentation must be Australian issued.

 

Acceptable proof of identity documents

Primary proof of identity documents

Documents First name Surname DOB Photo
Australian passport (dated up to two years after the expiry date)

Required

Required

Required

Required

Foreign passport

Required

Required

Required

Required

Current Australian visa or document for travel within Australia

Required

Required

Required

 

Australian driver's licence

Required

Required

Required

Required

Australian driver's learner's permit

Required

Required

Required

Required

Immigration (Immi) card

Required

Required

Required

Required

Australian birth certificate issued by Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Required

Required

Required

 

Australian citizenship certificate

Required

Required

Required

 

Medicare card

Required

Required

 

 

Marriage certificate issued by Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Required

Required

Required

 


Secondary proof of identity documents

Documents First name Surname DOB Photo
Australian firearms licence

Required

Required

Required

Required

Proof of age card (Keypass not accepted)

Required

Required

Required

Required

Victorian marine licence

Required

Required

Required

Required

Centrelink card (showing reference number)

Required

Required

 

 

Australian certificate of resident status

Required

Required

Required

 

DVA card

Required

Required

 

 

Tertiary student ID card

Required

Required

 

Required

Secondary student ID card

Required

Required

 

Required

Private security individual operator licence

Required

Required

 

Required

Private health insurance card

Required

Required

 

 

Australia bank issued credit or account bank card (American Express or Diners Club not accepted)

Required

Required

 

 

Superannuation statement (up to 24 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Australian Tax Office taxation assessment notice (up to 24 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Motor vehicle registration (up to 12 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Utilities notice (up to 12 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Council rates notice (up to 12 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Financial institute statement (up to 12 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Electoral enrolment

Required

Required

 

 

Rental contract or receipt issued by landlord, agent, owner (up to 12 months old) Required Required    
Seniors card Required Required    
VIT registration card Required Required    
Victoria police member ID card (sworn and unsworn members) Required Required   Required
ADF ID card Required Required    
Commonwealth / state government ID card Required Required   Required
Aviation security ID card Required Required   Required
Maritime security ID card Required Required   Required

 

Applying from interstate

Applicants residing interstate who need to apply for a Victorian Working with Children Check do not have the option of verifying their identity online. After filling in the online application form, applicants need to have copies of their identity documents certified before mailing them to the department. The acceptable proof of identity document combinations are one primary document and two secondary documents, or two primary documents and one secondary document. When combined, the documents must verify your full name, date of birth and photo. With the exception of foreign passports, all proof of identity documentation must be Australian issued.

For further information on interstate applications, refer to the Interstate applicant information sheet.

Identity verification for interstate applicants

Acceptable proof of identity documents for interstate applicants

Primary proof of identity documents

Documents First name Surname DOB Photo
Australian passport (dated up to two years after the expiry date)

Required

Required

Required

Required

Foreign passport

Required

Required

Required

Required

Current Australian visa or document for travel within Australia

Required

Required

Required

 

Australian driver's licence

Required

Required

Required

Required

Australian driver's learner's permit

Required

Required

Required

Required

Immigration (Immi) card

Required

Required

Required

Required

Australian birth certificate issued by Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Required

Required

Required

 

Australian citizenship certificate

Required

Required

Required

 

Medicare card

Required

Required

 

 

Marriage certificate issued by Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Required

Required

Required

 


Secondary proof of identity documents

Documents First name Surname DOB Photo
Australian firearms licence

Required

Required

Required

Required

Proof of age card (Keypass not accepted)

Required

Required

Required

Required

Victorian marine licence

Required

Required

Required

Required

Centrelink card (showing reference number)

Required

Required

 

 

Australian certificate of resident status

Required

Required

Required

 

DVA card

Required

Required

 

 

Tertiary student ID card

Required

Required

 

Required

Secondary student ID card

Required

Required

 

Required

Private security individual operator licence

Required

Required

 

Required

Private health insurance card

Required

Required

 

 

Australia bank issued credit or account bank card (American Express or Diners Club not accepted)

Required

Required

 

 

Superannuation statement (up to 24 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Australian Tax Office taxation assessment notice (up to 24 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Motor vehicle registration (up to 12 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Utilities notice (up to 12 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Council rates notice (up to 12 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Financial institute statement (up to 12 months old)

Required

Required

 

 

Electoral enrolment

Required

Required

 

 

Rental contract or receipt issued by landlord, agent, owner (up to 12 months old) Required Required    
Seniors card Required Required    
VIT registration card Required Required    
Victoria police member ID card (sworn and unsworn members) Required Required   Required
ADF ID card Required Required    
Commonwealth / state government ID card Required Required   Required
Aviation security ID card Required Required   Required
Maritime security ID card Required Required   Required

 

Does the name on your application match your identity documents?

The name on your application must:

  • be your full legal name
  • match the name on each of your identity documents. If not, you must provide a document that links your current and former names, such as:
    • a marriage certificate (issued by Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)
    • a name change certificate (issued by a state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)
    • divorce papers linking both names
    • a deed poll
    • a foreign marriage certificate (translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service).