Interim Negative Notice

An Interim Negative Notice may be issued in some cases when the WWC Screening Unit receives information relevant to the immediate safety of children (e.g. a charge or conviction for a relevant offence). This prohibits you from engaging in child-related work during the assessment or re-assessment until a final decision is made.

Following assessment you can receive an Interim Negative Notice based on your criminal record on first applying for a WWC Check, or if you commit a new relevant offence while holding a WWC Card. An Interim Negative Notice immediately cancels a current WWC Card. For more information about what records are checked and assessed please click here.

If an Interim Negative Notice is issued to you and you are an employee, volunteer or student, your employer, volunteer organisation or education provider will also be given a copy of the Interim Negative Notice.

If you receive an Interim Negative Notice a final decision has not yet been made.

If you are issued with an Interim Negative Notice following an application or while holding a current WWC Card:

  • it is an offence to engage in paid, voluntary or unpaid child-related work in Western Australia and/or the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
  • your Interim Negative Notice remains current until a WWC Card or Negative Notice is issued.
  • if you hold a WWC Card, you must return it to the WWC Screening Unit.
  • you cannot withdraw from the assessment process until a final decision is made.
Page last updated06 August 2020