Frequently asked questions about the Working With Children Check
Please note: A phone call could save you $80. The fee of $80 for paid workers is non-refundable. If you are not sure if you hold a current Working With Children Check, please contact Customer Service on 02 9286 7219 or find your WWC number on line. Please read the consent details on the online application carefully before submitting.
Did you know? The Working with Children Check is valid for 5 years from the date of issue. Once cleared, you will be issued a Working With Children Check number. There is no certificate or card. Renewal is not permitted until 3 months before your clearance is due to expire.
Did you know? If you already have a Volunteer clearance, you do not need to apply again for a Paid Employment Check. You just need change from volunteer to paid by updating your details, then pay your fee at an RMS office.
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By verifying an applicant for a Working With Children Check clearance the employer is confirming that the applicant is employed, or is to be employed, in child-related work (including as a volunteer). An employer should verify an applicant ONLY where the work is child-related. If the applicant is not in child-related work, the Office of the Children’s Guardian will not be able to disclose information about the applicant to you.
By verifying an application number you will be informed if the applicant has been refused a Working With Children Check clearance, has had a clearance cancelled, or is subject to an interim bar that prevents him or her from being employed in child-related work.
A barred person or a person who has had their application for a Working with Children clearance refused WILL NOT be given a Working With Children Check clearance number.
Online tutorial: How to verify an applicant
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