Working with Children Check - Western Australia


You will require this check if you intend to engage in paid, unpaid or volunteer 'child-related work' in Western Australia and the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The check involves the ongoing collection and assessment of information that is relevant to whether a child may be exposed to a risk of harm 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 relevant information.

if your application is successful you will be issued with an Assessment Notice in the form of a Working With Children (WWC) Card. Your WWC Card is valid for all child-related work in the three years before it expires. If a risk of harm to a child is identified then you will be issued with a Negative Notice. A Negative Notice prohibits a person from doing any child-related work.

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:

  • 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 the 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 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.

Service type


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


You may not need to apply if you are a:

  • volunteer under 18 years of age
  • unpaid student on placement under 18 years of age
  • short term visitor to Western Australia for less than two weeks in any 12 month period
  • WA Police officer
  • co-worker or supervisor of a child who is employed (unless you engage in other child-related work)
  • interstate visitor on a one-off national event or national tour for less than 30 days in a 12 month period.

A full list of exemptions is available on the agency website.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a Working with Children Check you must:

  • be about to start child-related work
  • complete the required forms, including having your future employer / volunteer coordinator sign the forms (self-employed people complete their own application)
  • provide proof of identification
  • pay the applicable fee.

You may be contacted directly by the Unit if further information is required.

For more information about the eligibility requirements or application process please see the agency website.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

While holding a WWC Card any new information (including criminal records) will result in a re-assessment of your eligibility to continue to hold a WWC Card.


Three years.


Expires after three years. You will then need to renew your WWC Card to continue in child-related work.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $87.00

Self-employed and paid workers

Apply Application All $11.00

Volunteers and unpaid workers

General Duplicate Certificate All $11.00 -

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


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 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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Working with Children Screening Unit

Department of Communities

Mailing address: PO BOX 1262
West Perth, Western Australia 6872
Toll Free: 1800 883 979
Phone: 08 6217 8100
Fax: 08 9221 6345
Website: Working with Children Screening Unit (Opens in new window)