The requirement to obtain a Working with Children Check where a person wants to engage in child-related work and the process to obtain the Working with Children Check is established by the Worker Screening Act 2020 ( ‘the Act’) which came into force on 1 February 2021 and repealed the Working with Children Act 2005.
The Act is one of the key pieces of legislation governing how we protect and promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Victoria.
Full versions of the WWC Act and Regulations are available online as PDF documents.
Over time, changes to the Act and regulations made under it are made to keep up with community expectations and to further strengthen the Working with Children Check.
There are a number of separate but related pieces of legislation relevant to the Working with Children Check or people doing child-related work in Victoria, some of which are referred to in the Act.