Working With Children

Working with Children Checks aim to create a child-safe environment and to protect children and young people involved in our sport from physical and sexual harm.


They assess the suitability of people to work with children and young people and can involve:

·         criminal history checks

·         signed declarations

·         referee checks, and

·         other relevant background checks to assess a person’s suitability to work with children               and young people.


Working with Children Check requirements vary across Australia. Fact Sheets for each state and territory are available on the Play by the Rules website:


Detailed information, including the forms required to complete a Working with Children Check, are available from the relevant agencies in each state and territory.


New South Wales

Contact the Commission for Children and Young People


Phone: 02 9286 7276


Northern Territory

Contact the Northern Territory Screening Authority


Phone: 1800 SAFE NT (1800 723 368)



Contact the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian about the “Blue Card” system.


Phone: 1800 113 611


South Australia

Contact the Department for Education and Child Development


Phone: 08 84 636 468



Contact the Department of Justice


Phone: 1300 652 879


Western Australia

Contact the Department for Child Protection


Phone: 1800 883 979


Travelling to other states or territories

It is important to remember that when travelling to other states or territories, representatives of sporting organisations must comply with the legislative requirements of that particular state or territory.



In October 2011 at the Standing Council on Community, Housing and Disability Services, Commonwealth, state and territory ministers agreed to introduce, by late 2012, national exemptions to Working with Children Checks for paid employees and volunteers who are required to cross state or territory borders for work related purposes.


These exemptions will be for up to 30 days in any 12 month period and will enable workers to participate in national and inter-jurisdictional activities on a short-term basis. This means that volunteers and workers with a valid check in their home state or territory will be able to participate in short-term activities across state and territory borders without the need for additional checks.


The Australian Sports Commission will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.