If you plan to do volunteer child-related work in Victoria (where you are not paid for the work), this is the Check you might need. Some examples of volunteer child-related work are:
- Coaching a sports team
- Scout leader
- School-based activities.
We’ve created a list of job categories that need a Check for you to use to work out if you need a Check.
If you are reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses you incur in doing voluntary work, you remain eligible for this type of Check.
To do paid child-related work, you might need an Employee Check. Some examples of paid child-related work are:
- Teacher’s aides
- Child care
- Child protection services
- Healthcare professional in a hospital paediatric ward.
The Employee Check card covers both volunteer and paid work. There are some scenarios in which you may not need a Check; find out when you don’t need a Check.
What do you check?
The Working with Children Check looks at a few different things to determine if you’re permitted to do child-related work in Victoria.
When you apply, we’ll look at and rigorously assess your:
- criminal record in all Australian states and territories across your lifetime, including serious sexual, violent and drug offences you have previously been charged with, regardless of the outcome of those charges
- professional conduct, which is determined by:
compliance (if applicable) with historical and current health practitioner legislation
current or historical reporting obligations or orders under the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004, the Serious Sex Offenders Monitoring Act 2005 or the Serious Offenders Act 2018
The Working with Children Act 2005 classifies a range of relevant offences into two categories: A and B. Applicable offences are categorised according to severity with category A offences being the most severe. We also screen and monitor every applicant and cardholder for any new offences or charges that fall within the Act.
We’ll inform organisations that we are aware will or do engage you in child-related work if you pass or fail the Check, but we won’t give them any details gathered during the Check, such as criminal records or professional conduct determinations and findings.
To learn more about the offences and penalties that may apply for breaches of the Act, see our offences and penalties page.
Working with Children Check Victoria, which administers the Working with Children Check, collects and uses personal information according to the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act), the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, and the Health Records Act 2001. We respect your privacy and protect the personal information you give us.
Under the Act, giving false or misleading information is an offence and penalties apply. If you do not provide all the required information during the application process, we may require you to provide further information before your application is processed.
The information you provide helps us to:
- identify you
- check your criminal history
- reassess your eligibility for the Check if we’re notified of new charges or a professional conduct finding against you
- inform you if you have passed the Check, when it expires and when to renew
- post important information to you.
If you refuse or fail to provide the information requested, we can withdraw your application or revoke your Check. We also won’t be able to remind you when your Check needs to be renewed.
Penalties do apply if your personal, contact and organisation details aren’t changed within 21 days of you becoming aware of the change. You can update them online on our website.
Your personal information
To assess your suitability to have a Check, we may release your personal information to or seek additional information from the following organisations:
- Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and interstate police forces
- government agencies
- courts and tribunals
- healthcare professionals
- authorised screening agencies
- professional disciplinary bodies listed above.
If you would like to access the information gathered about you for the Check, visit the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (External link) website and they can help.
If you’re ready to start an application, learn how to apply.