Working with Children Check Clearance - New South Wales

Service summary

You are required to obtain a working with children check clearance if you intend to undertake paid or voluntary work in a role involving face-to-face contact with children. The types of work you will require this clearance for includes but is not limited to:

  • child development and family welfare services
  • child protection services
  • children's health services
  • disability services
  • education, early education and child care
  • entertainment for children
  • justice centre services
  • religious services
  • transport services for children
  • residential services
  • school cleaning services
  • any services for children provided by a club, association, movement, society or other body.

This check is designed to protect children from close contact with individuals who may pose a threat to their health and safety, such as individuals who have been convicted of sexual or violent offences against children. You will be required to provide details of your check, or application for your check, to your employer when you commence work.

If you are refused a working with children check clearance, you will be barred from working with children for 5 years.

If you are an employer in a child-related industry, it is your responsibility to ensure that each of your employees has obtained a working with children check and you have registered your business with the Agency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You may not need to apply for this clearance if you:

  • are a child under the age of 18
  • are volunteering with children and are a parent or close relative of the children
  • work in a clerical, administrative or maintenance role and do not ordinarily have contact with children for extended periods of time
  • are employed in very short term work
  • provide informal domestic work
  • work only with close relatives
  • are a co-worker or supervisor of a child who is employed
  • are an interstate visitor who is volunteering at a one-off event that is no longer than 30 days
  • are an interstate visitor working in a child-related industry for no longer than 30 days and hold a working with children check clearance from another state or territory
  • are an interstate health practitioner working for up to 5 days in a three month period
  • are a home career with a police certificate for aged care
  • are a NSW or Federal Police Officer
  • are a private health practitioner who does not ordinarily treat children without parental supervision.

Please consult the Office of the Children?s Guardian for more information regarding exemptions.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for this clearance, you must be able to provide photo identification and pay all fees relating to your application.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years.



Application for a working with children check clearance (Volunteer work)

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Approval time

Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be processed.

Additional information

If you live overseas, you can apply online for a working with children check clearance. Once you arrive in Australia, you will need to complete the rest of your application in person.

If a bar against you is being considered by the Office of the Children?s Guardian, you will be contacted by phone and by letter to inform you of the potential bar. You may be able to appeal a bar in some circumstances.

If you have lost your working with children check clearance number, you can retrieve it online at the Office of the Children?s Guardian?s website.

You can apply for a new working with children check clearance when your current clearance is 3 months away from expiring.

Administering agency

Office of the Children's Guardian

Act(s) name

Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Working with Children Check
Office of the Children's Guardian

Mailing address:
407 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills
New South Wales 2010


02 9286 7219


02 9286 7201

Supporting information


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