Working with children clearance: before you apply

For employers or volunteer coordinators

You are responsible for making sure your relevant employees or volunteers in the Northern Territory (NT) have a valid working with children clearance.

Legal responsibility

You may be fined up to $76,500 for allowing someone to work or volunteer with children without a clearance.

Many employers keep records of when staff clearances expire. You should return your employee's original documentation once you have sighted it.

You can check a person's clearance online. You just need their full name and date of birth.

Go to the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services website to check the validity of a working with children number.

Make a group application

To coordinate applications for a group of employees and volunteers, contact SAFE NT by email or in person to make a group application and pay the fees.

You can only submit group applications directly to SAFE NT. You can't submit them to a Territory Business Centre or police station.

See contact details for SAFE NT on the working with children clearance: apply or renew page.

Get an exemption for an employee to start work immediately

You can apply on behalf of an employee for a short-term exemption to start or continue working with children while their application is being processed by SAFE NT.

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On the NTG forms website

You must fill in the online application for a working with children clearance exemption in one sitting.

You can't save your information and return to it.

You will need all of the following ready:

  • a scanned copy of each employee's SAFE NT receipt from their Ochre Card application
  • name and contact details for each employee
  • a scanned copy of the employee's current Working With Children card from another Australian state (if applicable)
  • evidence to demonstrate that your organisation has implemented child-safe strategies
  • a valid email address.


For more information, contact Territory Families by emailing or calling 08 8999 2619.

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Last updated: 21 April 2020

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