Who needs a WWC Check?

Only people who are engaged in or propose to be in ‘child-related work’ can apply for a WWC Check. ‘Child-related work’ has a specific definition which is found in section 6 of the WWC Act.

Answering the questions below will assist you to determine if you, your employees, volunteers or students are in child-related work and require a WWC Check:

  1. Are you or any of your employees, volunteers or students doing paid, unpaid or volunteer work in connection with any of the categories of child-related work? Click here to see all the categories of child-related work on Factsheet 1: What is 'Child-Related' Work?

    If you answered YES to the above question then please consider Question 2, below. If you answered NO to the above question a WWC Check is not required.

  2. Do the usual duties of the work involve, or are they likely to involve, contact with a child (where that child is not a fellow employee or employed by you)?
    Special provisions apply to Managerial Officers in connection with Category 1 – a child care service, who are deemed to be in child-related work whether or not they have contact with a child.

    If you answered YES to the above question then please consider Question 3, below. If you answered NO to the above question a WWC Check is not required.

  3. Does an exemption apply? If an employee, volunteer or student is exempt they are ineligible to apply for a WWC Check please see Factsheet 2: Child-Related Work and Exemptions for a full list of exemptions.

    If you answered YES to Question 3, a WWC Check is not required. If you answered NO, then you, your employee, volunteer or student is in child-related work and must apply for a WWC Check.

For more information about the categories of child-related work, including some examples please see our ‘Who Needs a WWC Check?’ page.

What other screening is available if a person is ineligible to obtain a WWC Check

If you have an employee, volunteer or student working in your organisation who is not eligible for a WWC Check e.g. because an exemption may apply, but you still want them to undergo a criminal record check you can:

Page last updated23 June 2017