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.
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.
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'.
- 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
- 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.
Does your work involve direct contact* with children?
* Direct contact is face-to-face, physical, written, oral or electronic contact.
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.
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.