Working with Children Checks

It is compulsory for all Club volunteers including Committee Members, First Aid Officers, Team Managers and Coaches to provide us with a Working with Children Check. In addition, we recommend completion of “Play by the Rules” online training as part of their volunteer role.


People working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a working with children check.

A DHS/DCSI child-related check will be recognised as a working with children check until it expires. Please note National Police Checks are no longer accepted.

An unfinalised child-related check application will be recognised as a working with children check on completion until it expires.

People need a working with children check if they are in a ‘prescribed position’. This means people who:

  • are in paid or volunteering roles where it is reasonably foreseeable that they will work with children
  • run or manage a business where the employees or volunteers work with children
  • are employed to provide preschool, primary or secondary education to a child.

A working with children check assesses whether a potential employee or volunteer could pose a risk to the safety of children, based on criminal history and child protection information.

Excluded people

You don’t need a working with children check if you:

  • work for SA Police or the Australian Federal Police
  • employ or supervise children in a workplace, unless the work is child-related (e.g. you manage a fast food restaurant that employs people under 18)
  • work in the same capacity as a child (e.g. you work at a checkout in a supermarket that also hires people under 18 in the same type of role)
  • don’t think you will work with children for more than seven days (consecutive or not) in a calendar year*
  • are a parent or guardian volunteering with your own child (e.g. at school) and do not have close personal contact with other children, or participate in an organised overnight event (e.g. a school camp)
  • live interstate, have a current child-related check from your home state, and are working at an organised event in South Australia lasting no more than 10 consecutive days
  • are under the age of 14.

Apply for a check

You can apply for a new working with children check online yourself.

A Working with Children Check is valid for five years and portable, meaning it can be used for any position in which you are working with children.


In addition, it is recommended all officials complete a “Play by the Rules” online course which should be repeated every three years.

The free course features two modules:
1. Child Protection
2. Harassment and Discrimination

The two course modules provide information to help you understand:
▪ what discrimination, harassment and child abuse is
▪ your rights and responsibilities under equal opportunity and child protection laws
▪ how the laws apply to sporting organisations, clubs, their employees and volunteers
▪ when, where and how to report incidents
▪ how to establish a welcoming and inclusive environment at your club or organisation.

Click on below link or cut and paste to your web browser:

If you have previously completed these modules, when you log in you will be able to see when it expires and download your two certificates.

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