Parents are required to follow the relevant State legislation regarding the employment of babysitters and nannies. Two documents commonly used for screening are the 'Working With Children Check' (WWCC) (also known as a Blue Card in Queensland) and a Police Check.
In most States a WWCC is required when someone is working directly with children, that is, having face-to-face or physical contact with children in a child care role. A majority of our babysitters already have a WWCC or Blue Card, for example, due to university course requirements or work experience.
The WWCC is different to a police check. A WWCC check involves a search for child-related offences and a risk assessment by the relevant State authority. The result is either a positive WWCC check or a decline. In contrast, a Police Check is criminal record search and will result in a certificate that sets out any offences. A Police Check will reveal any convictions such as driving offences and theft.