If your organisation has asked you to get a Working with Children Check, or you’ve used our interactive tool and determined that you need a Check, you can apply in just four steps.

Before you begin, it’s important to know that your application must be true and correct, so make sure that all dates, names and details are accurate on your application form. It is an offence to provide false or misleading information in the application.

Step 1: Complete an online application

The information on this page is for applicants applying in Victoria. Interstate applicants please see our interstate applicant information guide for instructions.

To apply in Victoria use this link:

Apply from Victoria (External link)

If you’re applying from interstate, use this link:

Apply from interstate

 

Step 2: Provide proof of identity

As part of your application, you’ll need to verify your identity with us. You can do this in two ways: online, or in-person at a participating Australia Post outlet (External link).

Verify your identity online

Verifying your identity online is fast and secure. Your personal details will be submitted to the Australian Government's Document Verification Service (DVS), which compares the identifying information with available government records.
If you successfully verify your identity online, you’ll just need to present one acceptable photo ID document at Australia Post when you lodge your application.

 When completing your online application form, you’ll be prompted to enter the details of two primary ID documents from the following list:

  • Birth certificate issued by an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

  • Australian passport

  • Australian driver’s license

  • Australian driver's learner's permit

  • Immigration (Immi) card

  • Current Australian visa or document for travel within Australia

  • Australian citizenship certificate

  • Medicare card

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

Your documents must be current and when combined, show your full name, date of birth and photo.

Verify your identity in-person

To verify in-person, you must take three original proof of identity documents with you to a participating Australia Post outlet (External link). The three documents must be current and when combined, show your full name, date of birth and photo.

You can’t use two of the same type of identity documents to make up the three documents. For example, you can’t use two different credit cards. With the exception of Foreign Passports, all proof of identity documentation must be Australian issued.

You can choose ONE of the following options:

  • one primary document and two secondary documents

  • two primary documents and one secondary document, or

  • three primary documents.

If your name is different on your identity documents

You must enter your full legal name in your application form and it must match each of your identity documents.  If not, you must provide a document that links your different names.
You can use any of these documents:

  • marriage certificate
  • change of name certificate (issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)
  • divorce papers linking both names
  • deed poll
  • foreign marriage certificate (translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service)

 

 

Primary Documents

 
Documents Name DOB Photo
Australian Passport (dated up to three years after the expiry date)

Foreign passport

Current Australian visa or document for travel within Australia

 

Australian driver's licence

Australian driver's learner's permit

Immigration (Immi) card

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

 

Australian citizenship certificate

 

Medicare card

   

Marriage certificate issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

 

Keypass ID card

 

 

Secondary documents

 
Documents Name DOB Photo

Australian firearms licence

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Government issued proof of age card

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Victorian marine licence

Tick mark

Centrelink card (showing reference number)

   

Australian certificate of resident status

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DVA card

   

Tertiary student ID card

  Tick mark

Secondary student ID card

  Tick mark

Private security individual operator licence

  Tick mark

Private health insurance card

   

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

   

Superannuation statement (up to 24 months old)

   

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

   

Motor vehicle registration (up to 12 months old)

   

Utilities notice (up to 12 months old)

   

Council rates notice (up to 12 months old)

   

Financial institution statement (up to 12 months old)

   

Electoral voting enrolment

   

Rental contract or receipt issued by landlord, agent, owner (up to 12 months old)

   

Seniors card

   

Visa entitlement verification online (VEVO) statement

   

VIT registration card

   

Victoria police member ID card (sworn and unsworn members)

 

ADF ID card

   

Commonwealth / state government ID card

 

Aviation security ID card

 

Maritime security ID card

 

Step 3: Lodge your application at an Australia Post outlet

Once you’ve completed your online application, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to finalise your application at Australia Post.

Next, take your application and documents to a participating Australia Post outlet and have your photo taken (at no charge to you).

Step 4: Pay the application fee

Here are the application fees for Checks in the 2019/20 financial year.

You can pay the relevant fee with cash, Visa, MasterCard, EFTPOS, money order or bank cheque at a participating Australia Post outlet when you lodge your application.

Volunteer Check /  Renewal of Volunteer Check / Replacement of Volunteer card Employee Check  Volunteer to Employee Check Renewal of Employee Check Replacement of Employee Check card
$0.00 $126.50 $126.50 $93.60 $7.38

After you’ve lodged your application, you’ll receive your application number the next business day via email. You can then use this number to track your application.

Lodged your application? Find out what happens next.

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