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What is a full disclosure police check?

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A full disclosure police check reveals relevant criminal history of an applicant. The requester of this information often uses your criminal record to determine your suitability for specific roles.

If you've requested a police check, it's likely the case you'll feel this unease, especially if you're uncertain what might show up. You are not alone! That is why understanding what to expect will give you the peace of mind you need while helping you plan better. You'll know what to expect in your police certificate by the end of this post.

What convictions show up in a police check?

Figuring out what might show up in your police check might not be as straightforward as it seems. Remember when you received a speeding ticket - will that appear in a police check? Or the time you were drunk driving?

The Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCO) stipulates the information in your police certificate. Some key categories that may show up in your police check include:

✔ Court convictions

If you are convicted of a crime, it will reflect in a police check. The police check will also include the nature of the crime and the punishment meted out.

✔ Findings of guilt

Under the non-conviction sentencing, it is possible to be found guilty without receiving a formal sentence. Such offences will in most States and Territories also appear in a police check.

✔ Pending charges

Depending on your territory's laws, if you have a pending criminal case, a police check might include that information.

✔ Good behaviour bond

A good behaviour bond is a promise by the offender to be of best behaviour. Such an offender goes into the community without serving jail time. However, a good behaviour bond will reflect in a police check until the bond expires. The police check will also include the details and conditions of the bond.

Offences that will not show up in a police check

Many applicants are usually baffled when an offence they committed doesn't reflect in a police check. In most instances, this is not a mistake! Not all violations end up in a police certificate. Other violations that may not show up in a police check include:

✔ Diversionary programs

The court might decide a diversionary program - like community service - to be a more suitable penalty than conviction or sentencing. Aside from a good behaviour bond, diversionary programs do not appear in a police check.

✔ Inconclusive or dropped charges

If there's insufficient evidence to establish your guilt, the court may close your matter, which would not reflect in your record. The Australian Criminal Database does not include dropped charges.

✔ Overseas convictions

A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check only covers the jurisdiction of Australia. Hence, overseas crimes unrelated to Australia will not appear in the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check.

✔ Out-of-court settlements

Offences resolved outside the court will not show up in a police certificate.

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