Working with Children Check (WWCC)
What is the WWCC?
As a result of the 2016 Nyland Royal Commission into child protection, the South Australian Government introduced the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016. The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement brought in under this Act to further improve checks on people who work or volunteer with children.
Is the WWCC mandatory for teachers?
Yes. On 1 July 2019, a WWCC became a mandatory requirement for anyone in South Australia who works with children. Working with Children Checks are valid for five years from the date of issue.
How will the WWCC affect teacher registration?
All new applicants for teacher registration in South Australia will be required to have a WWCC and all currently registered teachers will be required to have a WWCC when they next renew their registration.
Teachers who are due to renew by 31 December 2021 should consider applying for a WWCC now as they can take more than 6 weeks to be issued. Teachers will not be able to lodge their renewal application form without a current WWCC.
All new applicants applying for teacher registration must have a WWCC unless they hold a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance. Anyone who applies with a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance must apply for a WWCC before their DHS clearance expires.
Holders of a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance
- If you are renewing your registration in 2021 and you hold a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance you can renew your registration without a WWCC*. You are deemed to hold a WWCC for the period the DHS clearance is valid.
- If you are a new applicant and you hold a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance your application can be processed without a WWCC*.
- *Prior to expiry of your DCSI clearance, you will be required to apply for a WWCC.
Do I still need a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (police check)?
Yes. To become registered or to renew your registration you will be required to have a WWCC check from the Department of Human Services as well as give your consent for the Board to conduct a police check as part of the registration process. Both are requirements for teacher registration in South Australia.
What is the difference between the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (police check) and the WWCC?
The important differences between a police check and the WWCC are:
- A police check is one of the fitness and probity checks required by the Teachers Registration Board. Police checks are valid at the time the information is released by police and list offences from a person’s criminal history that can be disclosed.
- A WWCC primarily focusses on a person’s eligibility to work with children. Once a WWCC is granted applicants are continuously monitored so any changes are actioned appropriately.
What to do now
You must apply for a Working with Children Check through the Department of Human Services.
If you have any questions about the Working with Children Check you can call them on 1300 321 592.
These will be processed by the Central Assessment Unit of the Department of Human Services.
Teachers who are due to renew by 31 December 2020 (registration expires on 31 January 2021) must apply for a WWCC before applying to renew their registration.
This will help to alleviate any possible delays to your renewal application during the renewal period.