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Working With Children Checks and Police Checks

Parents are required to follow the relevant your state legislation regarding the employment of babysitters and nannies. Two documents commonly used for screening are the 'Working With Children Check' (WWCC) and a Police Check

In most states a WWCC is required by babysitters working for organisations (like agencies), but not when they are working independently.  A majority of our babysitters already have a WWCC or Blue Card due to university course requirements or work experience.

The WWCC is different to a police check in that it is a detailed search for child-related offences, including employment proceedings and AVOs (Apprehended Violence Orders).

A Federal or State Police Check can be obtained by a babysitter or nanny herself from the local police station for a small fee. The police check will reveal any convictions such as driving offences and theft. However most checks will not reveal any conviction that was

more than ten years ago (due to the Spent Convictions Scheme). Please refer to the links below for more information on obtaining checks.

In addition to checking these documents we also recommend a thorough interview and reference checking.  Please refer to our FAB Interview Guide and Screening Tips to provide you with good questions to cover.

NSW Police Check Information http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/about_us/structure/specialist_operations/forensic_services/criminal_records_section

NSW Working with Children Check Information http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check

VIC Police Check Information http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274

VIC Working with Children Check Information  http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

QLD Police Check Information https://www.police.qld.gov.au/corporatedocs/purchase/Criminal-History-(Queensland-Only).htm

QLD Blue Card (WWC) Information https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/

WA Police Check Information https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Police-Direct/National-Police-Certificates

WA Working with Children Information http://www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/default.htm

SA Police Check Information https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/apply-for-a-police-record-check

SA Working with Children Check Information http://screening.dcsi.sa.gov.au/

http://www.playbytherules.net.au/assets/docs/Screening_Working_Children/Working_with_children_checks_SA.pdf

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