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Child protection

14 Feb 2024

NSW – Working with children check

A Working With Children Check is a requirement for people who work or volunteer in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.

General Information

The NSW government  has created an easy to use website which provides important information for organisations and clubs who provide activities for children and vulnerable people.  The NSW Working With Children website can be accessed by clicking here


What do the working with children obligations mean for clubs?

If you are a sports clubs who works with children, not matter if you do paid work or volunteer in junior or disability sports in NSW, the NSW State Government have identified how working with children will relate to sports clubs.

Head to their webpage to find out more.


Who needs a working with Children check?

Under Part 2, section 6 of the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012, child-related work is defined as work in a specific, child-related role or face-to-face contact with children in a child-related sector.

For clubs or people who:

  • Work for a club, association, movement, society of other body of a cultural, recreational, sporting or community service nature that involves providing programs or services primarily for children is child-related work.
  • Work as a coach or as a team manager, or an assistant coach or assistant team manager, for a sport or activity for children is child-related work.

However, the work is not child-related work if the work is work as a referee, umpire, linesperson or otherwise as a sporting official or a grounds person, and the work does not ordinarily involve contact with children for extended periods without other adults being present.

For further information head to the website


How do I apply for Working with children check?

To apply for a working with children check registration card follow these two easy steps.

    1. Complete an online application for working with children check registration
    2. Receive your WWCC registration card by post after the department has assessed your application.

There is no registration cost for volunteers unless they are also employed in another service that is considered to be a regulated activity. A registration fee is charged if you are intending to do paid work with vulnerable people.

If you have registered for another purpose previously you can use your current WWCC registration card for any regulated activity.

If you do paid work or volunteer in junior or disability sports in the NSW you:

  • must hold a current WWCC registration card;
  • must carry your card at all times when involved in a regulated activity;
  • must produce your card when asked by an authorised person or police; and,
  • should produce your card when asked by parents and carers.


Further information

If you need more information about ensuring your club meets its WWCC obligations contact NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian by either:

Phone: 02 9286 7219

Fax: 02 9286 7201