Adequate recruitment, selection and screening practices are key elements of a child safe organisation.

Working with Children Checks are one tool that can help ensure the right people are selected to work with children.

The Royal Commission released its report on Working with Children Checks on 17 August 2015. The recommendations in the report aim to strengthen the protection children receive through Working with Children Checks.

More information: Working with Children Checks Report and Executive summary

Issues papers

We received 79 submissions in response to Issues Paper 1 - Working with Children Check released in June 2013. These submissions helped us to identify the problems with the current schemes and approach.

In August 2013, we released Issues Paper 3 - Child-Safe Institutions. Many responses addressed Working With Children Checks by placing them in the broader context of child-safe organisations.


The Royal Commission held a roundtable at the Australian National University in Canberra on Monday 16 June 2014 to discuss Working with Children Checks.

The roundtable discussion was convened by the Chair of the Royal Commission Justice Peter McClellan AM and Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM. Participants included state and territory government representatives, Children’s Commissioners, advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-government organisations.

The roundtable discussion followed the release of an issues paper on Working with Children Checks which generated 79 submissions from the community.

The roundtable discussion helped the Royal Commission to better understand Working with Children Checks and their implementation across jurisdictions.

Read the Opening Statement by Justice Peter McClellan.

Read the Roundtable discussion summary.

Roundtable Discussion

MP3s from the roundtable

Session 1: A national approach to a pre-employment scheme?

Session 2: What are the important elements of any WWCC to prevent child sexual abuse in institutions? 

Session 3: Who should be subject to a WWCC and who should be exempt? 

Session 4: How is information shared between jurisdictions currently, and could it work better?