You will need to obtain a working with children check 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 the check for clearance includes, but is not limited to:
- child development and family welfare services, including mentoring and counselling services
- child protection services and associated services
- children's health services
- disability services for children
- education, early education and child care including nanny services
- entertainment for children
- justice centre services
- religious services
- transport services for children
- residential services, such as refuges, overnight camps and home stays
- 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, 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 Office of the Children's Guardian and verified that your employees WWC numbers.