Working with Children Check - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this check if you intend to engage in paid, unpaid or volunteer work with children in Western Australia. The check is there to assess the risk of harm to children should you engage in child-related work. The check includes a review of your national police history and, where you have a relevant criminal record, an assessment of all other appropriate information.

You will be considered to have child-related work if it falls into one of the following categories:

  • child care service
  • community kindergarten
  • educational institution for children
  • coaching or private tuition service
  • arrangement for the accommodation / care of children
  • placement arrangement or secure care arrangement
  • children and community services officer
  • detention centre
  • community child health service
  • counselling or the support service
  • religious organisation
  • club / association / movement with significant membership / involvement of children
  • children?s ward of a public or private hospital
  • baby sitting or child minding service
  • overnight camp involving children
  • transport service specifically for children
  • school crossing service
  • children?s entertainment or party service.

You can find more information regarding these categories on the agency website. 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.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a working with children check you must:

  • provide proof of identification
  • complete the required forms, including having your future employer / volunteer coordinator sign the forms
  • pay any applicable fees.

The process will involve a risk assessment and you may be contacted directly and asked to provide further information.

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


Expires after three years. You will then need to reapply to continue in child-related work.



Self-employed and paid workers


Volunteers and unpaid workers

GeneralDuplicate Certificate$11.00



You can obtain an application form from the nearest authorised Australian Post outlet or you can obtain one by contacting the agency.

You can renew your working with children check online.

Approval time

Please allow 3 to 12 weeks for your application to be processed.

Administering agency

Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Working with Children Screening Unit

Act(s) name

Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Regulations 2005 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Working with Children Screening Unit

Mailing address:
PO BOX 1262
West Perth, Western Australia 6872


1800 883 979


08 6217 8100


08 9221 6345

Supporting information


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