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Police check and child safety screening programs

There are two types of screening programs operating in Australia. Some states have employer-driven systems (NSW and SA ) that make it mandatory for employers in relevant fields to carry out background checks on prospective employees or volunteers. These systems provide "point-in-time" background checks and individuals must undergo screening each time they enter into a child-related position.

The other type of screening program in operation offers certification to engage in child-related work to individuals (Qld, Vic., WA and the NT). These certifications are valid for a period of time (e.g., 3 years in WA) and provide for ongoing monitoring of an individual's suitability for child-related work. This means that if a relevant criminal offence is committed during the validity of the check, or if the individual is subject to relevant work-related disciplinary procedures, the administering authority may inform employers of the offence, and alter or withdraw an individual's entitlement to work with children. Individuals can also carry their certification between positions and do not have to undergo repeated screening while their Working With Children Check is valid. Table 1 outlines the relevant legislation in each state and territory and explains the type of system in place in each.

Table 1. Relevant legislation and state and territory screening programs




Type of program


Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW)

The NSW Working With Children Check is an employer driven "point-in-time" system entailing background checks of employees and the exclusion of prohibited persons from child-related occupations.

Professional registration and child safety policy development

In addition to child-related employment legislation (where it exists), all states and territories have legislation that requires people who wish to register in certain occupations (e.g., teachers, doctors or childcare workers) to be screened for criminal offences. This means that even in jurisdictions where child-related employment legislation does not exist there are still requirements for adults working in certain occupations to undergo screening (e.g., the Victorian Institute of Teaching Act 2001 [Vic.]; the Medical Practitioners Registration Act 2001 [Qld]; the Child Care Act 2001 [Tas.]). Due to the screening already being part of the registration requirements, certain persons are exempt from Working With Children Check requirements (e.g., in Victoria, persons registered under the Victorian Institute of Teaching Act 2001 are exempt from the Working With Children Check).

Organisations may also have developed their own policies that require employees and volunteers to undergo criminal record checks. These policies may exist as a substitute for relevant legislation (i.e., in a jurisdiction where there is no legislation) or in addition to a relevant Act. State and territory police provide criminal history checks to individuals and organisations wishing to obtain Police Checks for employment, voluntary work and occupation-related licensing or registration purposes.

The difference between a Police Check and a Working With Children Check

Police Checks identify and release relevant criminal history information relating to convictions, findings of guilt or pending court proceedings. However, due to spent conviction/non-disclosure legislation and information release policies, there are limitations on the information a Police Check can provide (e.g., the Spent Convictions Scheme stipulates that prior convictions are not to be disclosed where 10 years have passed from the date of the conviction).

As the object of a Working With Children Check is to make an assessment of the level of risk an individual poses to children's safety, Working With Children Checks are more extensive, but also more targeted than Police Checks. For example, Working With Children Checks draw together information from various sources, but may include a primary focus on certain types of offences (e.g., sexual offences, offences related to the harm or mistreatment of a child). In general, Working With Children Checks give consideration to:

§  convictions - whether or not they are considered spent or were committed by a juvenile;

§  apprehended violence orders and other orders, prohibitions or reporting obligations;

§  charges (i.e., where a conviction has not been recorded because, for example, a proceeding has not been heard or finalised by a court, or where charges have been dismissed or withdrawn);

§  any relevant allegations or police investigations involving the individual; and

§  relevant employment proceedings and disciplinary information from professional organisations (e.g., organisations associated with teachers, childcare service providers, foster carers, and health practitioners).

Across the five jurisdictions that currently carry out Working With Children Checks (NSW, NT, Qld, Vic. and WA) there are differences in what information is considered and what sources of information are drawn upon. Table 2 provides a comparison of the information considered in Working With Children Checks across these jurisdictions.

Table 2. Information considered in Working With Children Checks


Information considered


The Working With Children Check is comprised of:

§  a National Police Check for charges and convictions (including spent convictions) for: any sexual offence (including but not limited to, sexual assault, acts of indecency, child pornography, child prostitution and carnal knowledge); any assault, ill treatment, neglect of, or psychological harm to a child; any registrable offence; offences of attempting, or of conspiracy or incitement, to commit any of the above offences;

§  consideration of whether any of the above offences were committed in New South Wales and were punishable by penal servitude or imprisonment for 12 months or more; or whether any of the above offences were committed elsewhere and would have been an offence punishable by penal servitude or imprisonment for 12 months or more if the offence had been committed in New South Wales;

§  consideration of relevant matters, including all matters irrespective of whether they are considered spent or were committed as a juvenile (relevant matters include charges that may not have been heard or finalised by a court; are proven but have not led to a conviction; or have been dismissed, withdrawn or discharged by a court);

§  consideration of relevant Apprehended Violence Orders; and

§  consideration of relevant employment proceedings, reportable conduct, any sexual offences or sexual misconduct, committed against, with or in the presence of a child, including a child pornography offence; any child-related personal violence offence; any assault, ill treatment or neglect of a child; any behaviour that causes psychological harm to a child; or an act of violence committed by an employee in the course of employment and in the presence of a child.

Please complete the working with kids form  below, print the form once completed and send a scanned copy to

NSW link :



Who must undergo pre-employment child safety screening?

In all jurisdictions that have child-related employment pre-screening legislation, it is mandatory for certain individuals engaged in occupations such as education and childcare, child protection, child and family welfare, health, entertainment and recreation, and religious instruction to meet screening requirements. There are differences across the states and territories in who is required to undergo screening, and how different occupations are identified. Table 3 provides an outline of the settings in which pre-employment screening is required in each jurisdiction.

Table 3. Child-related settings subject to screening regulations


Types of child-related settings subject to regulation


Employers must obtain Working With Children Background Checks for employees working in the following areas: child protection services; pre-schools, kindergartens and child care centres including residential care centres; schools and other educational institutions (but not universities); detention centres; refuges used by children; wards of public or private hospitals in which children are patients; clubs, associations, movements, societies, institutions or other bodies (including bodies of a cultural, recreational or sporting nature) having a significant child membership; any religious organisation; entertainment venues where the clientele are primarily children; babysitting or child minding arranged by a commercial agency; fostering or other child care; regular provision of taxi services for the transport of children with a disability; private tuition of children; direct provision of child health services; counselling or other support services for children; employment on school buses; employment at overnight camps for children. The Act does not stipulate an age at which Working With Children Checks become mandatory for employees in child-related employment, so all employees in such settings, including people under 18 years of age, are required to obtain a Working With Children Check. Working With Children Background Checks are not currently available for volunteers. Volunteers must certify they are not convicted of those serious sex or violence offences that prohibit them from child-related employment. From May 2010, it will be compulsory for self-employed people in child-related employment to hold a certificate that they are not a prohibited person. Clients of self-employed people can check the validity of the certificate online.

Requirements in Australian states and territories

New South Wales

The Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW) provides minimum standards for those who work with children in broadly identified occupations or activities to undergo a background check, which includes screening for relevant criminal offences and relevant employment proceedings.

The NSW Commission for Children and Young People oversees the Working With Children Check program. The program entails the exclusion of prohibited persons from child-related employment; the conduct of background checks for persons in child-related employment; and the adoption of child-safe and child-friendly practices within organisations.

Employers are responsible for requesting Working With Children Checks for employees and reporting on relevant employment proceedings, which are taken into account when subsequent applications are made for an individual. Self employed people are required to obtain a Certificate for Self Employed People in Child Related Employment. The application can be authorised by the police. Checks can be obtained from various Approved Screening Agencies in NSW and employers are required to register with the relevant agency for their field.

Employers must obtain Working With Children Checks for preferred applicants for child-related employment. An approved screening agency will conduct the check and provide an estimate of risk based on the information gathered as part of the check. Anyone with a conviction for a serious sex offence, or serious violence against a child is prohibited from working with children. Applicants with relevant records that do not prohibit a person from this work are subject to an estimate of risk. This considers the applicant’s records, the risks associated with the actual position, and the employer’s capacity to manage risk. The employer receives a risk estimate to help them make an informed recruitment decision.

The commission website provides comprehensive information and guidelines for employers, and self-employed people, in relation to the Working With Children Check program (visit: https://check.kids.nsw.gov.au/).

Working With Children Checks are not currently available for volunteers. People not eligible for the Working With Children Check can apply for a National Police Check through NSW Police (visit: www.police.nsw.gov.au/).