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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 new 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. From 1 July 2019, a WWCC will become a mandatory requirement for anyone in South Australia who works with children. Working with Children Checks will be valid for five years from the date of issue.

How will the WWCC affect teacher registration?

Transition arrangements

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 due to renew in 2019

If you are due to renew before the 31 December 2019 and do not hold a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance you will be required to have a WWCC when you renew your registration. You will need to apply for a WWCC as soon as possible after 1 July 2019 and before renew your registration. If you hold a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance  you can apply to renew your registration without a WWCC however, you must apply for a WWCC before your DCSI clearance expires.

Teachers due to renew in 2020 or 2021

Teachers who are due to renew in 2020 or 2021 do not need to do anything now. However, when applying to renew your registration you will be required to have a WWCC so you will need to apply for a WWCC before you renew your registration.

New applicants from 1 July 2019

All new applicants applying for teacher registration from 1 July 2019 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 2019 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.

Refer to the table below to see what action renewing teachers need to take and when.

If your registration expires on:

31 January 2020

31 January 2021

31 January 2022

Requirement of the Child Safety Act

WWCC required unless you hold a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance. If you hold this DHS clearance, you will be deemed to hold a WWCC while your DHS clearance is valid.

WWCC required

WWCC required

What you need to do:

Apply for a WWCC as soon as possible after 1 July 2019.

Apply for a WWCC prior to renewal of registration

Apply for a WWCC prior to renewal of registration

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.

To understand more about the differences between the checks click here.

What to do now

Applications for a Working with Children Check will become available on 1 July 2019.

These will be processed by the Central Assessment Unit of the Department of Human Services.

The Board recommends that all teachers who are due to renew by 31 December 2019 (registration expires on 31 January 2020) apply for a WWCC as soon as possible after the commencement date of 1 July, 2019.

This will help to alleviate any possible delays to your renewal application during the renewal period.

WWCC Frequently Asked Questions