Working with Children

Working with Children Act 2005


The Working With Children Act 2005 (the Act) commenced in April 2006. The Working with Children Check (Check) is one of several measures organisations should put in place to protect children from sexual and physical harm.


The Act establishes a framework to screen the criminal records and the professional conduct of people who intend to work with or care for children. People who pose an unjustifiable risk to the safety of children will fail the Check and are prohibited from working with children under the Act.


The protection of children is the paramount consideration for any decision made under the Act.

The Act defines the kind of work that is regulated as child-related work and lists the offences applicants are screened for. For details, go to List of offences.


The Act also exempts a range of people from the Check, including teachers registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), as VIT also screens criminal records and professional conduct.


For general information about Working with Children


Information on applying for Working with Children Certificate

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