Volunteer background checks

Most volunteering organisations have a checking process to protect volunteers and the people they will be working with. Typically organisations will ask you to provide identification (like a driver's licence or passport), a reference letter or contact details of referees.

For volunteer roles that involve working with vulnerable people – e.g. children, seniors or people with a disability – or where you may have access to bank accounts, you may also need to undergo further screening such as a working with children check or criminal record check.

These pages outline the different kinds of volunteer screening processes so you know what to expect when you apply for a volunteer position.