The Working with Children Check card is valid for five years unless surrendered or revoked. We’ll send you a reminder email, text or letter in the mail 28 days before your card expires.

When should I renew my card?

You can renew your card online from six months before its expiry date until three months after it has expired. 

It’s illegal to do child-related work after your card expires unless you’ve lodged your renewal, or you now qualify for an exemption (see our 'When you don't need a Check' page). If you still intend to do child-related work after your card has expired, you’ll need to start a new application.

How do I renew my card?

To renew your card online, follow these easy steps:

  1. Log in or register for your MyCheck account
  2. Select ‘Renew my Check’ from the dashboard
  3. We will let you know if you need to upload a new photo (if you do, your digital photo must meet the requirements listed below)
  4. Confirm or update your personal, contact and organisation details
  5. If you’re applying for an Employee Check, pay the non-refundable fee using your Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card (Volunteer Checks are free).

Ready to renew your card?

Renew my card


Photo requirements if you need to upload a photo

You might need a new photo if you have renewed your card before or changed from a Volunteer to an Employee card. 

You need to :

Face the camera with your head straight, not tilted

Head straight photo example

Have a neutral expression on your face

Neutral expression photo examples


Only show your head and shoulders

head and shoulders photo example

Be in front of a plain, light-coloured background

Background reference photo


Have your eyes open

Eyes open example photo



You can wear:

Glasses if you normally wear them

Glasses reference photos


Apparel covering your hair if you do so for religious or medical reasons

Head covering photo images

Your photo must be:


Colour photo reference

Have sharp focus

Sharp focus reference photo

jpg or jpeg format

File type reference

A strong contrast between face and background

Contrast reference photo

A minimum 406 x 521 pixels

Photo resolution image

Well lit with no shadows

Photo shadows reference


Less than 5MB in size

File size reference image

Less than 12 months old

Less than 12 months reference photo


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