The Working with Children Check (WWC Check) is a comprehensive criminal record check for certain people in child-related work in Western Australia.
The WWC Check aims to increase the safety of children in our community by helping to prevent people who have a criminal history that indicates they may harm children from working with children.
Use the checklist below to identify if you need a WWC Check for your clinical placement. Make sure you identify the correct category of child-related work undertaken. If you are a student and are having problems please talk to your clinical placement coordinator or contact the WWC Screening Unit.
2. Do the usual duties of the work involve, or are they likely to involve, contact with a child?
3. Does an exemption apply?
If a student is exempt they must not apply until they turn 18 years of age or are paid employees
Students: Please review the WWC website at to ensure you have met your responsibility in regard to the Working With Children Act 2004.
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A WWC check is routinely a requirement for employment once graduated. This is in addition to the other police screening requirements.
Nursing students are not required to apply for a clearance until they are enrolled in a unit that necessitates them working on a daily basis with children. Details of when you need to apply for a Working with Children Check are available from Blackboard.
A $10.30 payment is required for your application. Payment can be made by EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa or cash. Cheques are not accepted.
Your Working with Children (WWC) card is valid for 3 years. Students are required to display their WWC card clearly at all times whilst on clinical practice.
If you are under the age of 18, do not apply for this card until you are within a month of your 18th birthday.
If your period of enrolment extends beyond 3 years, you will need to reapply once your expiry date is near. A current card is required for clinical practice placements where you will be working with children on a daily basis. Please confirm the requirement for a card with your Unit Coordinator.
Australia Post will issue you with a receipt for your application. You are responsible for presenting the receipt to Student Central for entry onto Callista SMS.
Once you have received your Working with Children card, take it to your School Coordinator for clinical placement to be sighted and copied. A copy will be placed in your file as evidence of your Working with Children clearance.
Students who have not presented their receipt from an Australian Post outlet to Student Central and the School Coordinator for Clinical Placement, will not be eligible to commence clinical practice.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they carry their WWC card when on clinical practice.