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There is a price for everything and no less for the standard and most popular means of assessing a candidate in Australia – the Police Check. Most employers, agencies, professional bodies and even private parties include the Police Check before dealing with any candidate in Australia.
There are numerous uses of a Police Check certificate in Australia, which means more organisations and businesses are adopting it as an internal risk mitigation strategy.
Australian National Character Check (ANCC) provides National Police Checks Online at a base cost of $48.90. Applicants can pay using debit card, credit card or PayPal.
Yes, the Police Check involves a lot of computer work, processes, data transfer and security, certificate issuance. All these require resources for their efficient running; that is why there is a base fee for conducting the Police Check.
Applying for a Police Check in Australia will cost you a standard amount of $48.90 via ANCC regardless of the purpose of the Police Check. If you request a hard copy of the Police Check, it will cost another $9.95.
Most times, you rarely need the hard copy of the Police Check, as an employer can quickly evaluate you using your soft copy alone.
When applying for a Police Check, be careful to use the mediums the government stipulates. Any discrepancies in the result you get will be your entire fault and detriment.
There are three main ways to apply for the Police Check in Australia, both for employers and candidates.
Some accredited service providers like Australian National Character Check (ANCC) have made the application process for the Police Check easier through online platforms. With a mobile, tablet or PC device connected to the internet, the applicant can start the application for their Police Check, including the ID verification.
The online application makes payment easier through their various and smooth payment options like;
Paying the application fee tends to be easier when you apply online, either as an applicant or an employer trying to streamline the process.
Australian National Character Check (ANCC) charges a base price of $48.90 for a national police check.
Candidates can Start a Police Check application at the Local Police office. However, this process can be in-person and may require a paper-based application. The Informed consent form here, is a paper based form that must be filled and returned to the office.
The local police forces generally issue the applicant with their Police Check certificate within 10 to 15 business days of the application.
Prices for a police check from a State or Territory police force vary depending on the State or Territory in which you apply. Generally, prices can range from $42.00 to $56.00,
The Post office is an intermediary between the applicant and the National Police Checking Service. Applicants can forward their completed NPC informed consent form to the post office and receive their certificate on completion through the Post office. The post office charges $52.00 for a police check.
Individual applicants are not eligible for a discount and must pay a standard stipulated fee.
Business customers that sign up to ANCC’s Business Portal and order a large volume of checks annually may be eligible for a bulk police check discount.
You may be able to get a non-legitimate free background check in Australia however all national police checks stipulate a fee.
Employers may also waive the entire application cost for their workers or candidates based on the role they perform. For example, Students on internships may get a fee reimbursement for their Police Check application depending on the organisation's policies and their arrangements. However, this will vary between different employers and will depend on their own policies and procedures.
Employers that use ANCC’s business portal are able to pay on behalf of a candidate.
The price of the check will vary depending on the provider you choose. Prices can range from $41 all the way to $99 for a standard national police check. Australian National Character Check provides all applicants with a criminal history check for a base price of $48.90.
No, your Police Check application cannot continue until you complete the payment. The payment validates a Police Check application in Australia.
Online applications are usually the fastest means of obtaining the Police Check certificate. They also process the payments immediately, and you will also get your Police Check result after it has been processed.
No, the payment during the application covers every other procedure in the Police Checking process. Your Police Check application must include your
The application portal will lead you to the payment window when you have completed the preliminary application steps. On the payment page, you can also select your payment methods and details.
We do not store bank card information for security and safety purposes.
Yes, the online Police Check payment is a one-off transaction. The amount is $48.90 for the single Police Check application.
The online application method is the fastest and most secure way to obtain a Police Check in Australia. It also means all the procedures can be completed online with the device the candidate use;
The online application can be completed in the following simple steps;
Click the “Start a new Police Check” option on the online portal of the Australian National Character Check.
Fill out the Informed Consent Application Form with your accurate details. It is this data that is run on the Criminal database; be explicit with information.
Select and fill the "Purpose" of the Police Check; Whether as a volunteer police check, employment check, and so on.
Complete the payment via any of the online options; PayPal, Debit/Credit card, and co.
Cross Check all the information you have submitted on the Informed Consent form. Ensure that you have selected the correct purpose of the Check.
If the Check is processed for a wrongly selected purpose, you may have to re-apply for another Police Check.
Include the required IDs for the criminal history check in your application before you can finally submit a Police Check application.
Provide the required Identification Documents through;
Complete the informed consent online with your signature before submitting the Police Check application
Use the "Track a Check" option on the website to track the status of the application. The certificates are also downloadable.
Get a soft copy of the Police Check result. It is sent to the submitted Email address on your application.
If you request the hard copy, it will follow your submitted postal address.
The Police Check certificate is a point-in-time document; it only contains the date of issuance but never a date of expiration. Generally, both parties use the Police Check certificate until it becomes obsolete for use by the requesting party.
Most employers agree that a Police Check certificate becomes of little use after three months, however this will depend on their internal risk mitigation policies.
Since a person's criminal history is constantly updated depending on their activity in Australian laws, candidates should get their Police Check renewed within respectable periods. Employers even request a Police Check update at least once every year from their employees.
Yes, applicants also pay to have their Police Check renewed. The payment fee of $48.90 is standard regardless of a Police renewal or new application.
Candidates can Start an application for their Police Check close to the period they need to prevent it from expiring earlier.
The Police Check is a nationally coordinated criminal history check on the applicant's criminal history. The results (physical copy or soft copy) cannot be different for the same person. Identical records are displayed on the online copy of the police check and the physical document.
Most candidates and employers prefer the online copy because of its convenience in use, safety and storage.
If you are an individual, you can obtain a national criminal record check certificate online via Australian National Character Check’s police check application and informed consent form. The results are dispatched via email.
Business and Enterprise Customers
Business and Enterprise customers are able to sign up to ANCC’s business portal where they can order, manage, track and view candidates’ criminal history check results on their business portal. Organisations will undergo a process for approval prior to being granted access to ANCC’s business portal.
ANCC sends an invite to the applicant to complete their criminal record check online and handles the application and informed consent form. Contact ANCC’s business and enterprise partnerships team today to enquire about setting up a business portal for your organisation.
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