Working With Children Check

New Working With Children Check New Working With Children Check

Dear Hosts,
Meridian Homestay Services requires all adult members of a Host family to hold a current Working with Children check clearance.

The NSW Government has recently changed the working with children check process. If you hold a current working with check, this is valid through the phase in period to 31 December 2014. You will need to provide Meridian Homestay Services a copy of your new Working With Children Check prior to 31 December 2014.

To apply for the new working with children check, please follow the instructions below. Homestay is classified as 'Residential Services'. You will lodge your application online which will cover you for 5 years. Please send Meridian Homestay Services a copy once completed.

 Step 1 - Complete Online Form

  1. Go to the NSW government’s website –
  2. Click on the icon "Start Here"
    New Working With Children Check
  3. Complete the online form, NOTE: Under "Purpose for check" select "Volunteer, authorised carer, adult household member…" For "Child-related sector" select "Residential services"
  4. When you have completed the form and ticked the "Consent" boxes, submit your application
  5. You will see a "New application receipt" page that contains your Working With Children Check application number
  6. Print the page

 Step 2 - Verify Your Identity

You must then attend a NSW Motor Registry or Government Access Centre to have your identity verified.


 Hello. This was my first homestay, so I was worry about everything. But my Host mother and American foreign student who also lived together with us was very kind to me, the family took us to a restaurant and told the best shops to purchase souvenirs. Everything was good, but the thing I think was best is the existence of foreign student in the Homestay. She was a good friend to talk with and was also a good English teacher. I became able to enjoy a conversation in English better. I really enjoyed life in Homestay! Thank you. 


Japanese Student