Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Child protection is paramount.

Volunteering requirements vary with each state and in some cases they vary between public and non-government schools.

Regardless of whether a particular school does not require visiting guest speakers to have a current working with children clearance certificate, ITF Australia recommends that all its volunteers obtain one and keep it up to date in case a school does require it.  Teachers may be more willing to invite volunteers who have a current volunteer working with children certificate.

Volunteer WWCC is free in most states. 

In all cases, visitors and volunteers should allow 15 minutes before the scheduled activity to comply with the school’s visitor requirements.

For more information please see the following links to each state’s child protection authority:









A company called Cited in WA provides a reasonably low cost service for volunteers who may be asked by a school to have a "Volunteer National Police Check" in  addition to other checks required by each state/territory.

If you’re new to Australia or have spent more than six months abroad, Australia Post can provide an international police check if required. Visit their website at 

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