Working with Children Check - Western Australia


You will need a Working With Children (WWC) Check to engage in paid or unpaid child-related work in Western Australia and the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The WWC check assesses the criminal records and other relevant information about people who engage in child-related work to see if there is an indication that they may harm a child.

Your work will be considered to be child-related work if the usual duties of the work involve or are likely to involve contact with a child in connection with one of the categories below and no exemptions apply:

  • child care service
  • community kindergarten
  • educational institution for children
  • coaching or private tuition service
  • arrangement for the accommodation or care of children
  • placement arrangement or secure care arrangement
  • children and community services officer
  • detention centre
  • community child health service
  • counselling or other support service
  • religious organisation
  • club, association or movement with significant membership or involvement of children
  • ward of a public or private hospital where children are ordinarily patients
  • baby sitting or child minding service
  • overnight camp
  • 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.

Service type


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

Ongoing eligibility requirements

While holding a WWC Card, any new criminal charges will result in a re-assessment of your eligibility to continue to engage in child-related work.


3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $87.00

Self-employed and paid workers. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $11.00

Volunteers and unpaid workers. Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $11.00

Fees for 2023-24

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

Application process


To make your application you must:

  • complete the relevant forms, including having your future employer / volunteer coordinator sign the forms (self-employed people complete their own application)
  • lodge your application form at an authorised Australia Post outlet
  • provide proof of identification
  • have your photograph taken
  • pay your fee.

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 WWC check online.

Approval time

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

Administering agency

Department of Communities

Working with Children Screening Unit

Contact details

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