These publications provide useful information for applicants, cardholders and organisations about:
- the Working with Children Act 2005 ('the Act')
- child-related work
- applying for a Check and
- screening and assessment.
About the Check
- Ministers of religion information guide
This publication explains the changes to 'the Act' that came into effect on 26 October 2014, regarding the new requirements for ministers of religion and in particular the new definition of child-related work for ministers.
- General information guide
A guide to the Check, including who needs to apply, how to apply and what is checked. This publication is translated into 17 languages. An easy English language version is also available.
- Regulatory impact statement (RIS) - Working with Children Regulations 2016
Comments on the proposed changes to the Regulations have closed.
- Statement of Expectations 2016-2017
The document describes the Attorney General’s ‘2016-2017 Statement of Expectations’ for the Working with Children Check unit.
Publications for applicants
- Proof of identity requirements guide
This lists acceptable identity documents and change of name documents
- List of offences
A person's criminal records are screened and monitored for these offences.
- VCAT applications: factors for consideration
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) takes these factors into consideration when reviewing the department's decision to issue a Negative Notice to an applicant.
- List of occupational fields
These are services, bodies, places and activities where child-related work can occur. You may need a Check if you are working with or caring for children in any one of these occupational fields. If you are not, you do not need a Check.
- Applicant guide
Summarises what’s involved in applying for a Check.
- List of exemptions
'The Act' outlines a number of situations where people can do child-related work, without needing a Check.
- Interstate applicant information sheet
Details about applying for a Victorian Check from interstate.
Publications for cardholders and organisations
- Renewals information guide
Information about renewing a Check.
- Working across states and territories
This publication explains what people from another state or territory can do to work with Victorian children at a special event or on a limited number of occasions in the same calendar year. These rules were adopted by all states and territories to assist people working with children outside of their home state or territory.
More publications for organisations
- Record-keeping for organisations
A helpful worksheet for recording relevant information about workers who require or hold a Check, such as application/card numbers and expiry dates.