The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is an important NSW State Government requirement which contributes to the provision of a child safe environment.
All member Clubs, Associations, Branches, Futsal Clubs, Futsal Centres, Referee Branches, coaches, managers, technical directors, referees, club officials, paid personnel and volunteers in child related roles are required to comply with relevant requirements of the WWCC and the additional requirements of the new Football NSW WWCC Policy.
New Working with Children Check Policy
Football NSW has introduced a new Working with Children Check Policy. For the 2018 season and beyond, it is a requirement of Football NSW that all Technical Directors, Coaches, Managers, Referees and other persons in child related roles working or volunteering with children under 18 years obtain a WWCC and provide their Club, Association, Centre, Branch or Referee Branch with a valid WWC number.
The main elements of policy change are:
- All volunteer parents or close relatives coaching or managing their own child’s or close relative’s team, will now require a WWC number; and
- All referees, will now require a WWC number.
- The only exemption for these roles recognised by Football NSW is the exemption for persons aged under 18 years.
How to Apply for a WWC Check
Where to find your WWC Number?
If you already have a WWC number but have lost it click here to retrieve your WWC number
Who is exempt?
The following are exempt from the WWCC:
- Volunteers under 18 years of age
- Grounds persons
- Guest presenters or speakers for a one-off presentation
- Persons who work or volunteer with children visiting NSW from another State to attend an event where the work in NSW will be for no more than 30 days in a calendar year.
Who is not exempt?
- Parents coaching or managing their own child’s team are no longer exempt (refer FNSW Policy)
- Referees are no longer exempt (refer FNSW Policy)
- Police Officers are not exempt
- School Teachers are not exempt
- Committee members are not exempt, even if their own child attends the club
- Referee coaches, referee mentors and referee assessors are not exempt
- Persons who have relocated to NSW and hold a working with children clearance from another state are not exempt
What do exempt persons sign?
The FNSW Member Protection Declaration (MPD) now forms part of the terms and conditions when registering on My Football Club. It is therefore important that all participants are registered in MFC for both child protection and insurance purposes.
WWC Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. How do I apply for a WWCC and obtain a WWC number?
Q2: Who requires a WWCC number?
For the 2018 season and beyond the following are required to obtain a WWCC and provide their WWC number to their club, association, centre or branch:
- All coaches, managers and technical directors working in paid or volunteer role with children under 18 years
- All referees
- All paid persons working with children under 18 years of age
- All committee members of clubs with players aged under 18 years of age
- All Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs)
- Persons in any other child related roles not listed
Q3: Should I apply for a Paid or Volunteer Working with Children Check?
If you are going to work in paid capacity or are self-employed, you will need to apply for paid Working With Children Check (paid work includes any form of remuneration such as allowances, gift vouchers or other forms of payment).
A paid Working With Children Check is valid for both paid and volunteer work.
A volunteer Working With Children Check is for unpaid child-related work only.
Q4: How much does a WWCC cost?
- A paid WWCC costs $80
- A volunteer WWCC is free
The $80 fee is paid at a NSW Service Centre when providing proof of ID for your paid WWC application. The $80 fee is only payable every 5 years.
There is no fee payable for volunteer applications, however you must attend a NSW Service Centre to provide proof of ID to complete the application process.
Q5: How long does a WWC number last?
A WWC number lasts 5 years.
Q6: Where do I go to show proof of ID?
WWCC applications are completed on line. All applicants must then attend a NSW Service Centre to show proof of identification and to complete the application process. If applying for a paid WWCC, the applicant will also be required to pay $80 at the NSW Service Centre.
Q7: How long after I have been to a NSW Service Centre will I receive my WWC Number?
Applicants usually receive their WWC Number by email within approximately 7 – 10 days after completing the application process a NSW Service Centre.
Some applications can take longer. If clarification of any of your details is required, the NSW OCG will contact you directly.
Q8. What does a WWC Number look like?
- Paid position WWC1234567E
- Volunteer position WWC1234567V
Q9: Can I use a volunteer WWC Number for a paid role?
No, a WWC number that ends in ‘V’ cannot be used for a paid role. Click here to change your clearance from volunteer to paid and then take your application information and proof of ID to a NSW Service Centre to pay the $80 fee.
Q10. Can I use a paid WWC Number for a volunteer position?
Yes, a paid WWC Number that ends in an ‘E’ can be used for both paid and volunteer positions.
Q11: What if someone refuses to provide a WWC number to their club, association or branch?
Having a WWC clearance to work or volunteer in a child related role is a key component to providing a safe sport environment for all children. Unfortunately, where a person is unable to satisfy the requirements of the NSW Working with Children Check or the FNSW WWC Policy, they cannot work or volunteer in a child related role within FNSW with children under 18 years.
Member Protection Information Officers
It is a mandatory requirement of Football NSW that every club, association and referee branch has at a minimum of one (1) Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO). Find out more
WWC Compliance Audits and Fines
The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian is authorised to conduct audits on organisations for compliance with the WWC Check. Failure to comply by obtaining WWC Numbers from workers and volunteers in child related roles, verifying all WWC Numbers obtained and keeping a record of verifications, can result in significant Government fines (up to $11,000) and a non-compliance notification to NSW Police. It is a requirement of FNSW that all clubs, associations and referee branches are compliant with the WWCC and the FNSW Working with Children Check Policy. FNSW reserves the right to conduct WWC compliance audits on any club, association, branch, centre or referee branch affiliated to FNSW and covered by FNSW insurances.
Child Safe Clubs
Being a Child Safe club is integral to providing a safe sport environment for children. The safety of all children involved in football is important to children and their parents, guardians and families. It is also important to your club, association, branch, centre and referee branch and committees and MPIOs should have a sound understanding of the principles of child safety and apply these in a workable and practical manner within your organisation.
- NSW Service Centre – Apply for a Working with Children Check
- NSW Office of Sport – Safeguarding Children