The Working With Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work in NSW. It involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct.
Results of a National Police Check can take up to 4 weeks to be received.
The outcome of a check is either a clearance to work with children or a bar against working with children. If cleared, the check will be valid for 5 years, however applicants are continuously monitored.
If you're applying because you're a paid employee or self-employed, there's a fee for the WWCC. If you're a volunteer, a student on a professional placement, potential adoptive parents or an authorised carer, you won't need to pay the fee.
You can apply online for your WWCC.
- anyone aged 18 or older
- anyone whose role involves direct physical or face-to-face contact with children.
What you need
- personal details, including date and place of birth
- your original proof of identity documentation.
How to apply
- Select the 'Apply online' button.
- Select 'Apply for your Check'.
- Select 'Continue and apply'.
- Complete the online form ensuring the name you enter matches your identity documents exactly.
- Visit a service centre to present your original identity documents and (if applicable) pay the fee.
Note: Once you've provided your identity documents at the service centre, the National Police Criminal History check begins. This process can take up to 4 weeks.
- You don't need a WWCC if you're a parent or close relative of a child, volunteering:
- at the child's school, early education service or other educational institution, or
- with a team, program or activity that your child usually participates in or is a team member of.
- You're also exempt if your work is considered non-child related, such as:
- a student working in a clinical placement in a hospital or other health service
- a referee, umpire, linesperson or other sporting official or groundsperson, if the work doesn't ordinarily involve contact with children for extended periods without other adults present
- providing food or equipment at a sporting, cultural or other entertainment venue.