If any of your answers describe an activity that does not fall within the Act’s definition of child-related work, a message will say you do not need a WWC Check.

Some organisations have their own policies regarding who needs a Check. Confirm this with your organisation.

 

Question 1

In which capacity are you working with or caring for children*?

*A child is a person under 18 years of age.

**Arrangements or agreements that exist between family and friends.

Question 2

Are you working with or caring for children in any of the occupational fields referred to as ‘services, places, bodies or activities’ in the Act?

Please note: These occupational fields are not job titles. Look for the field that best fits your place of work or service. Example, look for ‘Sports association' rather than 'Under-12s netball referee', and 'Paediatric ward’ instead of 'Children's nurse'.

 

Occupational fields

  • Overnight camps for children
  • Child care services, including centre-based long day care, family day care, in-home care, occasional care and outside school hours care
  • Supervision of child employees
  • Commercial baby sitting or child minding services
  • Child protection services
  • Children's services under the Children's Services Act 1996 and education and care services within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Law (Victoria) including kindergartens or preschools
  • Sporting, recreational or cultural clubs, associations or movements
  • Coaching or tuition services specifically for children
  • Counselling or support services for children
  • Educational institutions providing a program of study or training for children including TAFEs and universities that provide secondary educational services
  • Commercial entertainment or party services for children that are not merely incidental to other business activities
  • Fostering children
  • Commercial gym or play facilities for children that are not merely incidental to other business activities
  • Out of home care services
  • Paediatric wards
  • Commercial photography services specifically for children that are not merely incidental to other business activities
  • Refuges or other residential services used by children
  • *Religious organisations. *If you work as a minister of religion please do not continue answering any more questions but read the special legal obligations you have under Ministers of religion and child-related work in Who needs a Check (External link)
  • School crossing service
  • Accommodation services specifically provided for overseas students as part of a student exchange program under Part 4.5A of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, including accommodation in the person's home such as a homestay arrangement
  • Commercial talent or beauty competitions for children that are not merely incidental to other business activities
  • Commercial or publicly funded transport services specifically for children
  • Youth remand, residential, or justice centres, supervision units and probation services within the meaning of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.
  • Kinship care- caring for a child placed by Child Protection under the Children Youth and Families Act 2005.

 

 

 

Question 3

Does your work involve direct contact* with children?

* Direct contact is face-to-face, physical, written, oral or electronic contact.

 

 

Question 4

Is the contact you have with children a part of your duties or incidental to your work?

Example - Contact with children at a junior sports clubroom is not part of the work a plumber does, but is incidental to their duties.

Question 5

Do you qualify for an exemption?

 

Click here to open the list of exemptions:

  • People under the age of 18 years.
  • Parents who volunteer in activities that their child normally participates in.
  • People 'closely related' to each child they have contact with in their activity. This exemption does not apply to kinship carers (people who care for a child placed by Child Protection under the Children Youth and Families Act 2005).
  • 18 or 19-year-old students volunteering in activities organised by their educational institution.
  • Visiting workers who do not usually live in Victoria, and do child-related work in Victoria for a period of up to 30 days and do not do any other child-related work in Victoria in the same calendar year.
  • Visiting workers who do not usually live in Victoria and hold an equivalent interstate WWC Check and do child-related work in Victoria for a period of up to 30 days in the same calendar year.
  • Victorian, or Federal police officers who have not been suspended or dismissed.
  • Teachers currently registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

 

 

 

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