Working with Children Check - South Australia


You will require a Working with Children Check if you work or volunteer in South Australia 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 in South Australia 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.

You will not be authorised to undertake child-related work in South Australia, and will be guilty of an offence if you do undertake child-related work, if you are prohibited from working with children.

Please contact the agency for more information.

Service type


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


You will not need a Working with Children Check if:

  • the work you are doing is for a personal or domestic service
  • you work alongside or supervise a child (where the work is not child-related work)
  • you are under 14 years of age
  • you are a member of the South Australian Police or the Australian Federal Police
  • you work with children for 7 days or less per year (unless your child-related work involves overnight excursions or activities, or close personal contact with children with a disability)
  • you are a parent or guardian volunteering in an activity with your child (unless the child-related work involves accommodation and residential services for a child other than your own, or close personal contact with a child other than your own)
  • you normally live outside South Australia, and hold an equivalent check from your home state or territory, as long as the child-related work occurs in the course of an organised event and does not exceed 10 consecutive days.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $115.50 Application for employee check
Apply Application All $63.25 Application for student check

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.

Disqualified persons or entities

You will be automatically prohibited from working with children in South Australia if:

  • you have been found guilty of a certain criminal offence or offences
  • you are prohibited under a Commonwealth law or law of another state or territory from working with children.

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

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