Right of appeal
A Working with Children (WWC) Check applicant (paid or volunteer) who is issued with an Interim Negative Notice or a Negative Notice should contact Working with Children Check within the Department of Justice and Community Safety or by telephone on 1300 652 879 to discuss any right of appeal that may exist or visit their website for further information.
An employee or prospective employee who undergoes a criminal record check conducted by the Department and is found to have an unsatisfactory criminal record may, within 14 days of being notified, apply in writing to the Senior Chairperson of the Merit Protection for a review of that notification.
Information in relation to such appeals may be found in Ministerial Order 1038 and Ministerial Order 1039 for school based employees and on the Grievances — Teaching Service page for public service employees.
A volunteer who undergoes a criminal record check conducted by the Department and is found to have an unsatisfactory criminal record may request that the Victorian Ombudsman investigate. The Victorian Ombudsman is an independent officer of the Victorian Parliament who investigates complaints about administrative actions taken by Victorian government departments. The Victorian may be contacted on telephone 03 9613 6222 or 1800 806 314 or visit their website.
Reviewed 30 March 2020