The Working with Children Check (Check) examines relevant information from your national criminal records and, in some cases, reports by some professional bodies about your professional conduct.
Your national criminal history
The Check reviews the 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, other courts, information provided by organisations and other relevant sources.
The Check reveals information about:
- convictions and findings of guilt from when you were under 18 years of age
- findings of guilt with or without a conviction
- guilty pleas
- acquittals because of mental impairment
- 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 Working with Children Act 2005.
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 reports about your professional conduct such as the cancellation or suspension of your registration or conditions imposed by the following bodies:
- the Victorian Institute of Teaching
- the Suitability Panel
- relevant determinations by VCAT under current and historical health practitioner legislation.