A Working with Children Check is an assessment of whether a person poses an unacceptable risk to children in Australia. As part of the process the screening unit will look at criminal history, child protection information and other information.
If you are applying for any role that requires proximity, or in-person service to children in Australia; you must undergo a Working with Children Check. This assessment will affect pre-employment decisions and determine if you can be employed or not. Hence it is popularly referred to as WWCC or WWC in many 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 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.
The working with children check (WWCC) shows the ongoing assessment of a person's eligibility to work, or volunteer with children.
Quite distinct from the National Police Certificates, the WWCC also includes the Spent convictions, pending and non-conviction charges and other disciplinary records. Children are considered as vulnerable members of society and need to be protected with all possible means. The screening process for persons that work closely with children has units that peruse the criminal history, child protection information, and others.
A Working with Children Check will help the employers/organisations in “Child Care” make the right decisions during recruitments.
A Working with Children Check certificate is not transferable from state to state. The WWCC has individual legislation across all states. Also, most states even have different popular names for the check.
Due to the peculiar requirements of the working with Children Check or working with vulnerable people check, it is not transferable between states.
Irrespective of whether you have applied previously for a WWCC in another state, you must reapply if you must work in a different state/territory.
Any individual who seeks a role in the following capacity in any organisation requires a WWCC check;
Since all states have varying legislations about the Work with Children Check, it means the application process might differ slightly. However here are the basic procedures you need to fulfil to complete your application process;
|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|