Working With Children’s Check

Background checks for au pairs in Australia – Updated December 2013

We know that host families want the safest care for their children. As an Agency we provide candidate profiles complete with a Police Clearance from the home country of the au pair, a medical report and a minimum of two references.


We understand that Au Pairs can apply in the Volunteer category in all states except NSW, where we are still waiting for confirmation. 

In addition to police clearance from home country a Working with Children Check is now a legal requirement for au pairs in most States/Territories in Australia and families must verify the check – here is how to apply:


New South Wales – NEW check December 2013    

In New South Wales au pairs start the application before travel

Au Pair click here for the online application form NSW Working With Children Check

and complete the check on arrival in person at the local RTA office.


Host family to click here to verify the check and use the application number provided.


Victoria – NEW process December 2013

Au Pairs click here to apply online for Victoria Working With Children Check and then complete the check on arrival in Australia in person.  


Host family to click here to verify the check


In Queensland people working or volunteering with children need to hold a Blue Card.
The au pair must apply using au pair Bluecard form


Host family to verify the check by clicking the following link:


The QLD form can also be completed prior to arrival in Australia and completed on arrival.

Australian Capital Territory    
In November 2012, ACT introduced the Working With Vulnerable People Check to work with children.

Click here to apply:

Northern Territory
The NT law changed in 2011 and covers employees and volunteers in child related employment who are now required to obtain a Clearance Notice before commencing work.

Download your NT Working With Children application form here (fees apply)


South Australia
Under the Children’s Protection Act (Section 8B) people in SA who work in jobs which require regular contact with children are required to obtain police clearance before they commence employment. A National Police Certificate application form is available from the South Australian Police Department.
Overseas police check obtained by our agency is confirmed sufficient by SA police.


In TAS there is no specific legislation (as yet) requiring specific screening for working with children, however employers often act on their own discretion to request Criminal History/Police Checks.
Overseas police check obtained by our agency.

Western Australia
In Western Australia a Working with Children Check is compulsory for people who carry out child-related work in Western Australia.


Application Instructions:

The host family needs to obtain a WWC Check application form. WWC Check application forms are available from authorised Australia Post outlets or by contacting the WWC Screening Unit.

Complete the WWC Check application form.   View a sample application form here. You must apply using your full name which matches the name on your identification documents.

The host family must complete Parts 5 and 6 and sign Part 7 of your application form, confirming that you are engaged in child-related work.

Lodge your WWC Check application form at an authorised Australia Post outlet. The WWC Check currently costs $54.00 for paid employees and $10.50 for volunteers and students on unpaid placement and is payable on lodgement.

Provide 100 points of identification when lodging your application form.  For a list of acceptable documents see the sample application form. You must provide at least one form of photographic identification and proof of current address.

NOTE: in Australia, many ‘official organisations’ rely on a ‘100 points check’ to verify your ID, see link for more detail.

We recommend all au pairs to bring more than one ID (I.e. Not just passport)


NOTE 2: The Working With Children Check is MORE than a police check and even Australian people have to have this (often in addition to an original Police Clearance to apply for a position) Please see here for more info:


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