Receiving an Assessment Notice
If your employee, volunteer or student’s application or renewal for a WWC Check is successful they will be issued with an Assessment Notice in the form of a WWC Card. They will receive a WWC Card and if you signed their application form or authorised their online renewal you will receive a copy of the Assessment Notice for your records, unless the WWC Screening Unit has received updated information. Good record keeping practices are recommended to demonstrate that you are complying with the WWC Act. For record keeping tips click here.
While a person has a current WWC Card:
- they can engage in paid and unpaid child-related work in Western Australia and/or the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
- it is valid for three years, unless cancelled sooner.
- they can use the same WWC Card across all categories and for all the child-related work they do for example if a teacher has a WWC Card for their paid employment at a school and then offers to coach netball at a netball club; the WWC Card can be used for both roles;
- you can check the WWC Card’s validity on this website to ensure it is current;
- they are subject to ongoing checking until their WWC Card expires or is cancelled;
- their eligibility to continue to hold a WWC Card may be re-assessed if new information about the safety of children is received, for example, a new charge or conviction for a relevant offence. If on re-assessment a Negative Notice is issued, you will be notified if the WWC Screening Unit is aware that the card holder engages in child-related work for you or your organisation (including because you signed their application form or you completed the 'Register card holder' online form on this website);
- there are penalties for not complying with the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 (the WWC Act).
Your Responsibilities and Obligations
Employers, volunteer organisations and education providers also have obligations and responsibilities under the WWC Act. There are penalties for non-compliance with these obligations; click here for more information.