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.

As at May 2017 in Victoria and the NT, a working with children check (WWCC) is essential for all occasional visiting guest speakers in government schools and in other states, it is either not required or dependent on the number of visits per year.

Regardless of school requirements, ITF requests that all volunteers remain under the supervision of a teacher at all times. That is, volunteers must not be left alone with students.

If you would like to volunteer more often than once a year or broaden the range of activities beyond guest speaking to a class, we strongly suggest that you obtain a "volunteer" child protection clearance. Online applications for volunteers are mostly free or require a token fee.

Teachers may be more willing to invite volunteers who have been formally cleared for entering school grounds in their state.

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 Volunteer WWCC is free in  most states. 

This document contains the most recent detailed information sourced by the ITF Australia team for all states and territories  

This document issued by the NSW Department of Education clearly states that ITF volunteer visitors in DET schools only need to present a photo ID before taking part in ITF school activities.

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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