News

  • Do volunteers who are paid need a WWC Check?

    Apr 12, 2019

    If you are a volunteer and receive payments that only cover the costs of your child-related work then you are considered a ‘volunteer’. However where you receive payments that cover more than your expenses to do your child-related work, then you are considered as ‘paid’ and should apply for a WWC Check as a ‘paid employee’. 

    A WWC Check is currently $11 for volunteers and $85 for paid employees.  Once you hold a Card, it is valid for three years and can be used for all the child-related work you do during this time. 

    We recommend discussing your payments and expenses with your employer or organisation to consider your individual circumstances. For more information about ‘volunteer work’ click here.


  • WWC Check 2019 workshop schedule

    Mar 18, 2019
    Our 2019 workshop schedule is now available. If you are responsible for managing WWC Checks in your organisation, you can attend a free workshop. During the interactive session you will learn more about the WWC Check, your responsibilities and child safety practices. Click here for our 2019 A – Z of WWC Checks: Information for Employers and Organisations flyer. 
  • Card expiring soon? Not sure?

    Mar 02, 2019
    Register an online account with us to receive an email reminder three months before your Card is due to expire.  Your online account also gives you access to other online services including renewing your Card online, updating your personal information and requesting a replacement Card. Click here to register your online account.
  • Website and online renewals unavailable 1 March 2019

    Mar 01, 2019
    The WWC Check website will be unavailable for a short time tonight, 1 March 2019. From 11pm, you will be unable to use our online services and renew online. We hope to have services available after 1am Saturday morning. We hope that this scheduled time will cause minimal disruption and thank you for your patience. 
  • Free Workshops in 2019

    Jan 18, 2019
    Want to know more about WWC Checks? Attend a free workshop or presentation. Visit our ‘Events’ page for more information. 
  • Renewing your WWC Card during the summer holidays?

    Dec 13, 2018

    f you are renewing your WWC Card online during the December holidays, your authorised representative must be available to confirm your online renewal. Online WWC Check renewals which are not confirmed by an authorised representative within the allocated timeframe of 21 days may be withdrawn. So be sure to discuss your renewal with your manager before submitting an online renewal form. For more information about renewing your WWC Card click here.

    Wishing you a safe and happy holiday!

  • WWC Screening Unit Office Closure

    Dec 06, 2018

    The WWC Screening Unit office will be unavailable from midday Friday 7 December to midday on Monday 10 December 2018. We thank you for your patience as we relocate offices. During this time our online services continue to be available to you. You can also send us your enquiry by completing an enquiries form on our ‘Contact Us’ webpage and we will respond as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • WWC Check Visits to Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands

    Nov 19, 2018

    The WWC Community Engagement Team will be visiting Cocos (Keeling) Islands from 27 to 30 November and Christmas Island from 30 November to 4 December 2018. While on island, the team is available to meet and consult with organisations and interested parties about WWC Checks and child safety. 

    If you would like more information about the visit or you would like to arrange a meeting please call (08) 6217 8100 or email WWCEvents@cpfs.wa.gov.au
  • Website and online renewals unavailable 18 November 2018

    Nov 15, 2018
    The WWC Check website will be unavailable this Sunday morning, 18 November. From 8am to 1pm, you will be unable to use our online services and renew online. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to improve our online services. 
  • Website and online renewals unavailable 14 November 2018

    Nov 14, 2018

    The WWC Check website will be unavailable for a short time on 14 November 2018. From 8pm to 10pm, you will be unable to use our online services and renew online. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. 

  • Changes to the parent volunteer exemption?

    Sep 12, 2018

    We have received an increase in enquiries asking about changes to the parent volunteer exemption. There have been NO changes to the parent volunteer exemption.

    Support of the parent volunteer exemption continues, with many organisations recognising the important role that parent volunteers play by being involved in their children’s lives and helping to create child safe organisations.

    This exemption has also been endorsed in the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, which has recommended that other state governments amend their laws to include an exemption for parents/ guardians who volunteer for services or activities that are usually provided to their children. Consistent with WA, the parent volunteer exemption will not apply to overnight stays and some other situations.

    In WA the parent volunteer exemption has been in effect since the WWC scheme was initiated in 2006. For more information about the exemption and how it applies please see Factsheet 4: The Parent Volunteer Exemption.

  • Are you a child safe organisation?

    Aug 17, 2018

    There are many things you can do to create a child-safe and friendly organisation. A WWC Check is only one strategy to help keep children safe. For more information about child safety see our Child Safety page. 

  • Website and online renewals unavailable 11 August 2018

    Aug 10, 2018

    The WWC Check website will be unavailable from 8am to 12pm on 11 August 2018. During this time, you will be unable to use our online services and renew online. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this time.


  • Attend a free WWC Check workshop

    Aug 03, 2018
    Do you manage WWC Checks for an organisation? Attend a free workshop and learn more about WWC Checks, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and child safety. Click here for more information about the workshop.
  • Website and online renewals unavailable 28 July 2018

    Jul 27, 2018
    The WWC Check website will be unavailable for a short time on 28 July 2018. From 8am to 12pm, you will be unable to use our online services and renew online. We hope to have all online services available after midday and thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. 
  • Got an online account yet?

    Jul 20, 2018
    Register an online account as a card holder to have access to additional services. Having an online account allows you to easily keep your personal information current, update your email address to receive reminders when your WWC Card is due to expire, check the status of your Check, request a replacement WWC Card online and use the online Card renewal process. Click here to register an account.
  • WWC Check Fee Increase

    Jun 26, 2018
    From 1 July 2018, a WWC Check application and renewal for paid employees and self-employed people will increase from $84 to $85. This small increase is in line with CPI. Fortunately for applicants, the cost of the Check, is heavily subsidised by Government and does not reflect the full cost of the ‘live’ Check.

    There are no fee changes to the cost of a Check for volunteers or unpaid people, or for replacement WWC Cards, which remains at $11.
  • WWC Check Workshop in Bunbury

    Apr 16, 2018
    The WWC Community Engagement Team will be presenting a free community workshop in Bunbury in May 2018. For more information and to register your attendance click here to visit our Events page.
  • New WWC Check Workshops for 2018

    Jan 22, 2018

    Attend the free ‘WWC Check and Child Safety Made Simple’ workshop and learn more about WWC Checks, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and child safety. Click here for more information about the workshop.

  • Website and online renewals unavailable 20 and 21 January 2018

    Jan 17, 2018

    The WWC Check website will be unavailable on the weekend of 20 and 21 January 2018. During this time, you will be unable to use our online services and renew online. We expect to be back online on Monday morning. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

    If your WWC Card expires on either of these days, be sure to renew online before the above dates. Once your Card has expired, you will no longer be eligible to renew online. Instead, you will have to lodge a new application at an authorised Australia Post outlet. For more information click here.