The Working with Children Check examines relevant information from your national criminal records and, in some cases, determinations and findings from prescribed bodies listed in the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act).
Your national criminal history
The Check reviews criminal history records across your lifetime, from Victoria Police, the police of other Australian states and territories and the Australian Federal Police.
The Check also examines reports from Corrections Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Protection Unit, court jurisdictions, information provided by organisations and other relevant sources.
The Check reveals information about:
- findings of guilt with or without a conviction across your lifetime, including when you were under 18 years of age
- guilty pleas
- acquittals because of mental impairment
- non-conviction charges (charges that have been finally dealt with other than by way of a conviction or a finding of guilt)
- spent convictions
- pending charges
- the circumstances of these charges or court findings.
The offences that are relevant to the Check are:
- sexual, violent or drug offences
- any offence that presents an unjustifiable risk to the safety of children
- offences against the Act.
For a complete list of offences, go to the List of offences.
If there are offences in your criminal record that indicate an unjustifiable risk to the safety of children, the department will ask you for more details about those offences.
For more information go to Application assessment.
The department also considers professional conduct determinations and findings from: