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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 TerritoryName of the CheckLink to Government Screening UnitYear of CommencementYear of Commence- ment
New South WalesWorking with Children CheckNSW Office of the Children's Guardian2000
QueenslandBlue Card Check / Working with Children CheckBlue Card Services2001
VictoriaWorking with Children CheckDepartment of Justice and Regulation, Working with Children Check Unit2006
South AustraliaDCSI Screening / Working with Children CheckDCSI Screening Unit (Department for Communities and Social Inclusion)2011
Australian Capital TerritoryWorking With Vulnerable People (WWVP) checkBackground Screening Unit, Access Canberra2012
TasmaniaRegistration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP) / Working with Children RegistrationDepartment of Justice2014
Western AustraliaWorking With Children CheckWWC Screening Unit (Department for Child Protection and Family Support)2005
Northern TerritoryWorking with Children Clearance / Ochre CardScreening Assessment for Employment – Northern Territory (SAFE NT)2010