Working with Children
A Working with Children Check is a pre requisite for anyone in child-related work, paid or unpaid. Child-related work is working face-to-face with children in a children's sector or work in a specified child-related role. What is child-related Work?
You will not be able to commence work in a child-related position at CSU unless you have a working with children clearance number.
How to apply for a Working with Children Check
If you are starting a new job (or changing jobs) in child-related work, you must apply for a Check before you start work.
- Fill in an online application form at www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au If you cannot access the online system, call the NSW Office of the Children's Guardian customer service line on (02) 2986 7627 and an officer will complete the form for you.
- When you have completed the application, you will get an application number.
- Verify your identity at a NSW Motor Registry or Government Access Centre You will need your application number and proof of identity.
- If you are in paid work, you will also need to pay an $80 application fee (no fee for volunteers, students, authorised carers or adults sharing their homes).
Once your application has been processed, you will be notified of the outcome by email or post. There are only two results of a Working With Children Check - a clearance or a bar.
If you receive a clearance, you will receive an email or a letter advising of your Working With Children Check number and the date on which your clearance will expire. Your check will remain valid for 5 years (unless a new record triggers a risk assessment or bar against working with children) and may be used for any child related work in NSW.
If a bar is being considered, the Commission for Children and Young People will notify you and invite you to submit information which the Commission must consider in making its final decision.
Already working for CSU in a child-related position?
Information for Managers/Supervisors
Other States, Territories and Ontario
|Working with Children Act 2005|| A check is required when you meet each of these requirements: || |
Child Employment Act 2006
Child Employment Regulation 2006
| Paid employees need a blue card if their work includes, or is likely to include: |
for at least:
8 consecutive days, or
| Under the Act, people whose usual duties of work involve (or are likely to involve) contact with a child (under 18) in connection with one or more categories of child-related work are required to have a WWC check. There are 19 categories of child-related work in the Act. |
Applicants apply themselves filling in an application form that is also signed by the employer and lodge it through Australia Post.
A card is valid for 3 years.
for at least:
8 consecutive days, or
|Currently there are no legal requirements for people working with children to undertake a police check in Tasmania, however, organisations which require employees and/or volunteers to work with children may have their own policies in this regard.|
|Children's Protection Act (Section 8B)|| Jobs which require regular contact wiht children are required to obtain police clearance before they commence employment. |
A National Police Certificate application form is available from the South Australian Police Department
|Care and Protection of Children Act|| It is the responsibility of the person who wants to work or volunteer with children to apply for the Working with Children Check Clearance and ensure that it remains valid. |
Anyone employed or volunteering in child-related work is required by law to hold an Ochre Card, which is photo ID proof they have passed the Working With Children Clearance screening process and received a Clearance Notice.
The Clearance is valid for 2 years.
|Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011||Registration is required for people who are working with children or people classified as vulnerable. The requirement to register will depend on the activites undertaken.||Information|
|Criminal Records Review Act|| |
If working or volunteering with vulnerable member of society then a vulnerable sector check may be required.
A Vulnerable Person is defined as:
The check is done by the local police.
The Vulnerable Sector Check is an agency/organisation driven request. In order to have this done you must have an agency/organisation letter which explains that you need a vulnerable sector check. You will also need to give a detailed description of teh specific job you will be hired/volunteered for as well as a hiring managers names and contact number.
Processing time can be 4-6 weeks