How do I apply?
If you are an employee, volunteer or student and you engage in or are about to start child-related work you must apply for a WWC Check. After obtaining an Application for a WWC Check form you should complete your personal information. Your employer, volunteer organisation or education provider must also complete and sign parts of your application form.
If you are a self-employed person, you can apply for a WWC Check by completing an application form. You do not need an employer or organisation to complete or sign parts of your form.
Once completed you lodge your application form at an authorised Australia Post outlet. To lodge your application you will need to present the required identity documents, pay the required fee and have your photo taken. You will be issued with a receipt and this allows you to continue or start your child-related work, unless you have a Class 1 offence committed when an adult, an Interim Negative Notice or Negative Notice. For a list of Class 1 offences see Factsheet 3: Class 1 and Class 2 Offences.
Where can I get an application form?
WWC Check application forms are only available from authorised Australia Post outlets or you can contact the WWC Screening Unit; this is because each form has a unique identifier. WWC Check application forms are NOT available online for download. Click here to find an authorised Australia Post outlet near you.
If you have a current WWC Card and want to renew your Card click here for more information.
Completing the application form
For instructions on how to apply and tips on how to complete your Application for a WWC Check form click here.
When should I apply or re-apply?
If you are an employee, volunteer or student you should apply or re-apply for a WWC Check if:
- you are about to start child-related work,
- your WWC Card is due to expire and you are still engaged in child-related work (you should re-apply at least one month before it expires, and no earlier than three months);
- your WWC Card has expired and you wish to continue your child-related work; or
- your WWC Card expired while you were no longer engaged in child-related work, and you now wish to re-commence child-related work.
If you are self-employed you should apply or re-apply for a WWC Check if:
- you propose to start a child-related business; or
- your WWC Card is due to expire and you are continuing to operate your child-related business (you should re-apply at least one month before it expires, and no earlier than three months);
- your WWC Card has expired and you wish to continue your child-related business; or
- your WWC Card expired while you no longer operated a child-related business, and you now wish to re-commence a child-related business.
Whether you are applying for a WWC Check for the first time or you are re-applying after your WWC Card has expired you will need to complete the Application for a Working with Children Check form. If you are renewing your current WWC Card please click here for information and to see if you are eligible to renew using our online renewal form.
Identification documents you need to lodge your application
When you lodge your Application for a WWC Check form you must present certain documents to prove your identity, so that the correct criminal record information is obtained. All documents must be original and current (except for an expired passport that has not been cancelled and was current within the preceding two years).
You will need a combination of documents to show:
- 100 points of identification;
- your date of birth;
- proof of your current address; and
- photographic identification.
What identification you need if you have changed your name
If you have changed your name, then you must provide proof of this name change. Documents which support a name change include:
- an original marriage certificate or extract,
- a certificate of marriage (commonly issued by the church or celebrant performing the marriage),
- a certificate of registration of a legal name change, or
- a Decree Nisi as indicating a return to a maiden name.
However, if you have changed your name and have 100 points of identity documents in your current name and your identity documents include either an Australian passport or an Australian driver’s licence in your current name then you are not required to show the change of name documents above.
What to do if you don’t have any photographic identification
If you don’t have any photographic identification, you can provide a recent photograph of yourself that has been signed on the back by an authorised witness. For more information and a current list of authorised witnesses please click here.
Are you having trouble lodging your application?