Working with Children Check - South Australia


You will require a Working with Children Check if you work or volunteer in a role which involves contact with children. A Working with Children Check is an assessment of whether you pose an unacceptable risk to children and whether you are, or are not, prohibited from working with children.

You will be authorised to undertake child-related work if you receive clearance from a Working with Children Check. Child-related work includes:

  • childcare or child-minding services
  • education, tuition or coaching services for children
  • clubs and associations involving children
  • accommodation or residential services for children
  • commercial services provided directly to children (such as photography, entertainment services or performances, and competitions)
  • transport services for children
  • disability services for children
  • health services for children
  • justice and detention services for children
  • emergency services.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $117.70

Application for employee check. Fees for 2021-22.

Apply Application All $64.35

Application for student check. Fees for 2021-22.

Application process


During the check process, the agency will assess:

  • your national criminal history record
  • any disclosable court outcomes, such as charges, convictions, and court appearances
  • child protection information.

Individuals may apply for their own check, or an organisation may apply for a check on behalf of an individual. An organisation must register with the agency before applying for checks on behalf of individuals.


A Working with Children Check cannot be transferred

Additional information

The Working with Children Check replaced the South Australian child-related employment screening check. If you have an employment screening check, it will remain valid until it expires. After this, you will need to apply for a Working with Children Check.

All employment screening checks will have expired by 1 July 2022.

Administering agency

Department of Human Services

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Screening Unit

Department of Human Services

South Australia
Mailing address: GPO BOX 292
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Phone: 1300 321 592