Working with Children Check - Victoria

Service summary

You may require a Working with Children (WWC) Check if you intend to work or volunteer in a place where there is interaction with children.

The Working with Children Check is a criminal check for people who have regular and / or direct contact with children under the age of eighteen which may not be directly supervised by another person. The assessment is compulsory for employment in certain occupations in Victoria.

Employers, volunteer organisations and agencies must ensure that any of their staff or volunteers who need a WWC Check have it completed.

The Working with Children Check is designed to complement good recruitment, selection (including reference checking), supervision and training practices for staff and volunteers who work with children. It involves an identity check, national police records check and a check of records from prescribed professional disciplinary bodies such as teaching institutions. If you are a successful applicant you will receive an Assessment Notice that is your proof of a successful check.

Operations that will require you to apply for a WWC Check include:

  • child protection services, fostering, youth justice and community services
  • educational institutions and all kinds of child care services
  • counselling and other support services for children
  • transport services specifically for children
  • refuges or other residential facilities used by children
  • religious organisations, clubs, associations or movements
  • commercial babysitting, nannying or child-minding services
  • camps, sports and recreation facilities, child gyms and play facilities
  • school crossing services
  • entertainment or party services
  • photography services
  • talent or beauty competitions.

Applications may be made as an individual or on behalf of an organisation that will receive the information for employment, voluntary work and occupation-related licensing or registration purposes.

Generally, information about you as an individual and your criminal history cannot be released by Victoria Police to an organisation without your written consent, and strict guidelines apply to the release of criminal history information to any individual or organisations.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type

Licence

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

Exemptions

If you are unable to complete the online process, you must contact the Agency to organise a possible alternative. Please contact the Agency for more information.

Eligibility requirements

You must then submit an application form for assessment which includes:

  • your Proof of Identity
  • your address for the last 5 years
  • the name, postal and physical addresses of each organisation you intend to do child-related work for
  • the type of work that is involved
  • passport photograph
  • the application fee.

Prerequisites

Ongoing requirements

You will need to advise the Department of Justice of any changes in circumstances, such as:

  • your name or address details
  • your status as an employee or volunteer
  • moving to new employment
  • any criminal offence charges against you.

A person with an application must notify the Secretary of changes within 21 days of becoming aware of the changed or penalties will apply.

Duration

5 years. Applicants will continue to be checked for new offences and disciplinary findings by professional registration bodies.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$119.00

Fees for 2016-17.

RenewRenewal$88.10Fees for 2016-17.
VaryVariation$7.38Change of name. Fees for 2016-17.
GeneralDuplicate Certificate$7.38

Fees for 2016-17.

Other resources

Lodgement

Apply

Complete your application form to generate an application summary. Lodge this document and present your Proof of Identification at an Australia Post outlet to finalise the application process. Please consult the responsible agency for more information.


Approval time

Please allow 3 weeks for the assessment process and delivery of your card.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Regulation
Working with Children Check Unit

Act(s) name

Working with Children Act 2005 (Victoria)

Child Employment Act 2003 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Working witih Children Regulations 2016 (Victoria)

Contact details

Enquiries
Department of Justice and Regulation
Working with Children Check Unit


Mailing address:
PO BOX 1915
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Other:

1300 652 879
workingwithchildren@justice.vic.gov.au

Supporting information

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