Background checks

Certain people at a child care service must have background checks. Providers must have evidence of these checks.

On this page:

You must show evidence that persons with management or control (PMOC) have background checks. These are:

  • National Police Check
  • working with children check
  • National Personal Insolvency Index check
  • evidence that the person is not on ASIC’s banned and disqualified register
  • a current and historical personal name extract search of ASIC records

The below table outlines the mandatory background checks.

All Family Day Care educators and In Home Care educators must provide evidence of these background checks:

  • National Police Check
  • working with children check.

The below table outlines how to do this.

Mandatory background checks

▣ Required for persons with management or control (PMOC)

◎ Required for persons responsible for the day-to-day operation of a service (persons responsible at the service)

Who requires it Checks required How to do the check Specific documentation you need to show us How to show us Timeframes

National Police Check

Contact the police service for your state or territory

or

Contact an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

National Police Certificate

or

Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check

Attach the evidence to your provider application or email it to CCSAssessments@dese.gov.au

The police check must be conducted no more than 6 months before the PMOC, person responsible, FDC educator or IHC educator started the position

A working with children check

(Where it’s required by the state regulatory authority)

Visit your state or territory government website for information on how to apply

Not all managerial roles will require the individual to hold a working with children check

Working with children check as issued by the state or territory government

You will need to state the working with children check ID number

For checks that do not have an ID number (such as those issued to teachers) you will need to:

The working with children check must be current and held immediately before the PMOC, FDC educator or IHC educator started the position

Expiry dates differ across states and territories

National Personal Insolvency Index check

Use the bankruptcy register search service provided by the Australian Financial Security Authority

A copy of the search results

The search results can be:

The check must be carried out no more than 30 days before the person started to hold that position

Evidence that the person is not on ASIC’s banned and disqualified register

Use the banned and disqualified search provided by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission or an ASIC-approved information broker

A copy of the search results

The search results can be:

The individual must not be on the banned list at the date of application

A current and historical personal name extract search of ASIC records

Use the Person Current/Historical Extract Search service provided by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission or an ASIC-approved information broker

A copy of the search results

 The search results can be:

The check must be carried out no more than 30 days before the person started to hold that position