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Working with Children Checks

A Working with Children Check is an assessment of whether a person poses an unacceptable risk to children. As part of the process the screening unit will look at criminal history, child protection information and other information.

The check is known as a WWCC (or WWC) in most Australian states and territories.

The equivalent to the Working with Children Check in Queensland is known as a "Blue Card”.

In the Australian Capital Territory, the equivalent is known as the Working with Vulnerable People registration.

The Working With Children Check (WWCC) is legislated by each state and territory for the purpose of conducting background checks for people seeking to engage in child-related work.

The check aims to prevent people from working or volunteering with children if records indicate that they may pose an unacceptable risk to children.

The difference between the Working with Children Check and a Police Check

The Working with Children Check and a National Police Check are two different checks.

The Working with Children Check is an ongoing assessment of a person's eligibility to work or volunteer with children and involves a check of a person's national criminal history (including all spent convictions, pending and non-conviction charges) and other disciplinary and police information.

A national police check is a point in time check and discloses criminal history in accordance with the spent convictions scheme.

Where to obtain a Working with Children Check

Applicants wishing to apply for a working with children check must do so through an authorised government screening unit through their state or territory.

The table below shows authorised government screening units that are responsible for working with children registrations in each Australian state and territory:

State or Territory Name of the Check Link to Government Screening Unit Year of Commencement Year of Commence- ment
New South Wales Working with Children Check NSW Office of the Children's Guardian 2000
Queensland Blue Card Check / Working with Children Check Blue Card Services 2001
Victoria Working with Children Check Department of Justice and Regulation, Working with Children Check Unit 2006
South Australia DCSI Screening / Working with Children Check DCSI Screening Unit (Department for Communities and Social Inclusion) 2011
Australian Capital Territory Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) check Background Screening Unit, Access Canberra 2012
Tasmania Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP) / Working with Children Registration Department of Justice 2014
Western Australia Working With Children Check WWC Screening Unit (Department for Child Protection and Family Support) 2005
Northern Territory Working with Children Clearance / Ochre Card Screening Assessment for Employment – Northern Territory (SAFE NT) 2010