Overseas and interstate applicants

Last update: 29 January 2024

Advice for Working with Children Check (WWCC) applicants outside of NSW.

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    You cannot apply for a NSW WWCC outside of NSW as the application process must be completed by attending a Service NSW Centre to have your identity verified and to make payment (if applicable). 

    If you are renewing your WWCC, you may be eligible to renew your WWCC using digital proof if identity which means that you do not need to attend a Service NSW Centre. More information about renewing your WWCC using digital proof of identity is on the Service NSW website

    If you do not live or work with children in NSW, you do not need a NSW WWCC, unless you are an authorised carer or adult household member. Please check the WWCC requirements in your home state or territory.

    Authorised carers and their household members must hold a NSW WWCC clearance regardless of where they live, if the placement of the child is subject to a NSW Children’s Court order.

    More information on how out of state carers can apply for a WWCC

    If you occasionally enter NSW to deliver services to children, you should discuss the Working with Children Check requirements and possible exemptions with your organisation. It is the organisation’s responsibility to decide if a NSW Working with Children Check is needed.

    WWCC exemption categories 

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    You can now renew your WWCC by using digital proof of identity – no need to visit a Service NSW Centre.
    How to renew using digital proof of identity (POI)

    You will need:

    • A MyServiceNSW account with the WWCC service added
    • 3 current identity documents including a NSW driver licence or photo card
    • a device with a working front camera for face verification.

    If you're renewing a paid WWCC, you will also need a credit card, debit card, PayPal or PayID account.

    If you have an expired WWCC clearance or have changed your name on your identity documents since the last time you renewed your WWCC, you can't renew using digital proof of identity.

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