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  • Employment Background Check in Australia

    It is unlikely that you or any other applicant will get a job in Australia without a background check. And it is not just any check, or only the Police Check, but every check result that certifies that you are suitable for the job.

    The Employment Background Check can include different tests or assessments, including psychological, medical, analytical, and co. And it must fall within the various legislations in Australia.

    Why Employers must run a Background Check on potential employees

    For most roles it is not enough to employ a person based on academic or analytical qualifications;

    • What if the role is sensitive to others,
    • What if the candidate misrepresented their records,
    • What if they are a recent offender of a related crime,
    • What if the role is inimical to their health based on an underlying health condition.

    There are lots of “what ifs” that Employers must not risk when employing a candidate. And the Employment Checks provide the most credible way of eliminating the dissonance.

    What are some of the Checks Employers conduct?

    Depending on the role offered, the activity or requirements of the job, and other factors, Employers can conduct any of these tests;

    1. National Police Checks (NPC)

    The NPC is a nationwide checking scheme that releases all conviction details of the applicants under the Australian Criminal Records. All conviction information released of the applicants is vetted by the Police per the State Criminal records disclosure policies.

    The police check informs an employer about all the applicant's contact with the law, pending charges and sentencing. Also, the NPC is related to the role the applicant has intended; an NPC for a volunteer healthcare-related role is ineligible for a paid financial position.

    However, the State will not disclose Spent convictions and those it considers unnecessary to the role.

    Any of the applicants or the Organisation can apply for the National Police Check through the ANCC.

    Organisations all over Australia and internationally also utilise ANCC’s business portal for police checks.

    1. Working with Children Check (WWCC)

    Although work with children is adopted in all Australian States and Territories, they are issued under individual State laws.

    A WWCC is non-negotiable where the applicant will be offered a role in;

    • Healthcare,
    • School Bus Driver,
    • Nanny, Private Teacher,
    • Educators and Schoolteachers,
    • Counsellor/Camp guide,
    • Caregivers, and other children/vulnerable related roles.

    The WWCC contains "deeper" records like;

    • Spent convictions,
    • Pending charges,
    • Non-convictions charges,
    • Disciplinary records relating to child abuse,
    • And in most cases Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) or intervention orders.

    1. Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

    This check ensures that employers don't offer legal roles to illegal workers. A person may be illegal to work in the role they apply for depending on their Visa status. It is stressful to cross-check the visa they hold when you can request their VEVO checks.

    The VEVO check informs the employer of the person's;

    • Visa limitations,
    • Maximum Hours they are allowed to work per week,
    • Period of stay,
    • The validity period of their stay.

    1. Credit History Checks

    The Credit reports inform the employer of the candidate's financial history, including other personal information.

    Most employers think it risky to employ someone with a terrible credit score, as they feel it may impact their behaviours.

    The Credit History result is released as points per any standard value the checking authority uses.

    A credit report will also contain any history of;

    • Loan defaulting,
    • Bankruptcy and debt agreement,
    • Repayment history,
    • Credit applications,
    • The number of loans guaranteed, and so on.

    1. Qualifications Check

    Candidates applying for a job can get overzealous at times and bloat or amplify a certification. Probably arrogate themselves a fellowship position in a professional body where they are just members. While making such confirmation may be difficult, the employer can make use of simple means like;

    • Physical visits, or;
    • Sending correspondence.

    Furthermore, the employer should also verify the academic qualifications of the employee before offering them formal employment. And this should be more intense where the academic qualifications influence their selection.

    1. Medical Checks

    The Industrial activists/groups have roped organizations into court cases they could have prevented with a simple medical check. These days, most employers are too relaxed on something as critical as a medical check.

    Should you know the underlying health condition of your employees? Yes. It can help the organization assign suitable tasks to the person or offer them a mutual termination agreement.

    A Medical check may be substituted for a Doctor's report that certifies the applicant "free or unfit" to perform their duties.

    Make this check part of your recruitment process if your operations include;

    • Stressful movements,
    • Lifting heavy materials,
    • Working with chemicals,
    • Working in dusty, smoky or strong-smelling areas, and so on.

    1. Identification Checks

    The IDs you request must corroborate all the information the application has submitted so far. The popular and credible ID types are;

    • Australian Birth Certificate,
    • Australian/International Passport,
    • Australian Visa,
    • Australian Drivers License,
    • Immicard,
    • Marriage Certificate issued by the Magistrate,

    It proves that the applicant has submitted their original documents.

    1. Bankruptcy Check

    Almost similar or part of the Credit History Check, this check reveals whether the candidate has filed for bankruptcy in the past or is facing bankruptcy charges and proceedings. It is also referred to as an insolvency Check.

    If a person is bankrupt, certain legislation may preclude them from holding public/critical positions, especially in financial roles.

    Bankruptcy is when a person, declared by a financial agency to be unable to pay their debts.

    1. Employment Reference Checks

    An employer may reach out to the previous employer of their candidate to get certain information. It is also possible to inquire if they had any pending cases or disciplinary actions before leaving the organisation.

    Hiring a candidate with a history of disregarding corporate structures will affect the balance of your organization.

    Employers can complete this check through correspondence, requesting a letter of recommendation or physical visits. And it can either be official or informal Referencing.

    Wrapping Up

    When conducting any of these checks, the employer must observe the rules per Australian legislation. It includes abiding by the following:

    Privacy Acts; on release and use of personal information.

    Spent Convictions Scheme; on amended and expunged convictions

    And other Acts that are specific to the particular workplace.

    All these Employment Checks will help your organisation employ the most qualified and credible candidate.

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