You need to renew your Working with Children Check to continue paid or volunteer child-related work.

This takes about 7 mins
Before you start
You need to
  • Know your Working with Children Check card number. If you can’t find it, then get your number before you start.
  • Have access to your mobile or email for the security check.
Be aware that
  • When renewing your check, you may change from volunteer to employee or employee to volunteer.
  • It doesn’t cost anything to renew a volunteer check.
  • You don’t need to renew your check if you simply stop doing child-related work or do work that is exempt from a check.
  • We will tell you if you need a new photo and how to upload one.
Your privacy
  • Make sure you provide accurate information as it’s the law.
  • Keep in mind, we’ll share what you give us with Working with Children Check so they can do your check.
  • Find out more in our privacy and security policy.
How you can pay for an employee check
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Who needs to renew?

You need to renew your check before it expires if you do child-related work.

If you’ve kept your details up to date, then Working with Children Check will remind you to renew 28 days before your check expires.

You can renew your check from 6 months before to 3 months after it expires.

If your check is more than 3 months expired, then you can’t renew. You’ll need to apply for a new check.

How long will it take to process my check?

It can take from 3 to 12 weeks to process your check. You can check on the status while you wait

Can I work while you process my check?

In many cases, you can. But in some circumstances, it is an offence to work without a valid Working with Children Check.

Doing child-related work while your application is processing.

What can I update when I renew?

You can update:

  • Where you live
  • Where you work or volunteer
  • Phone numbers
  • Email
What can’t I update when I renew?

You can’t change your name or gender online so find out what to do at:

Where can I get help or find out more about the check?

Working with Children Check can help you or give you more information.

What acts or regulations relate to the Working with Children Check?

A range of different laws may apply, depending on your situation. You can check them here if you need to.

A program of

Victoria State Government Department of Premier and Cabinet logo

In partnership with

Working with Children Check logo