The New Working with Children Check


Adults who commence work or volunteer in a child-related role will need a New Working with Children Check administered by the NSW Government of Communities (Commission for Children & Young People).  The role must involve face-to-face contact with children in:

 child development  entertainment for children
 child protection  justice services
 children's health services  out of home care
 clubs or other bodies providing services for children  religious services
 disability services  transport services for children
 early education and child care  youth workers
 education  

Note: Tertiary students are not considered to be children for the purposes of the Working with Children Check.

What if I am a current staff member and work in a child-related role?

Current University of Newcastle staff (as at 15/6/2013) who work in a child-related role will not be required to apply for a Clearance Number until 2017.

What if I am a new staff member and work in a child-related role?

  1. If your new role at the University of Newcastle involves face-to-face contact with children, you must first apply for a Working with Children Check Clearance Number.  Click here for details on the application process or call (02) 9286 7276.
  2. Once you have been issued your Clearance Number by the Commission for Children and Young People, please complete this form and return to your Appointment Coordinator or Human Resource Officer.   The form is also located in the UoN Employment Pack.

You will not be able to work face-to-face with children until your Clearance Number has been verified by Human Resource Services.

Where do I find more information?

The NSW Commission for Children and Young People web site has a comprehensive list of fact sheets about the New Working with Children Check.  Please check here first for a range of information including the definition of child-related work, exemptions, the phase-in schedule and transition arrangements.