Working With Children Checks and Police Checks
Parents are required to follow the relevant 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 (in Qld) 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. A National Police Check can also be ordered through other organisations like Australia Post. 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
NSW Working with Children Check Information
VIC Police Check Information
VIC Working with Children Check Information
QLD Police Check Information https://www.police.qld.gov.au/documents-for-purchase/national-police-certificates
QLD Blue Card (WWC) Information
WA Police Check Information
WA Working with Children Information