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


The Royal Commission has consulted widely on Working with Children Checks. In June 2014 Justice McClellan and Commissioner Fitzgerald hosted a roundtable in Canberra to discuss Working with Children Checks. Participants included state and territory government representatives, Children's Commissioners, advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-government organisations.

Issues Papers

We received 80 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.