LiveChat Loading...

Australian National Character Check livechat loading
Australian National Character Check livechat loading
|
Home Resources & Technical Articles Pre-Employment Screening Topics Police Checks Filling out the purpose field for an employment police check

Filling out the purpose field for an employment police check

The information on this webpage is to be read in conjunction with this disclaimer:
Australian National Character Check (ANCC) makes every effort to provide updated and accurate information to its customers. However due to the continuously changing nature of legislations for the Commonwealth and various States and Territories, it is inevitable that some information may not be up to date. The information on the website is general information only. The contents on the website do not constitute legal or professional advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal or professional advice. While we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, suitability, accuracy or availability with respect to the information.


As part of the recruitment process, employers carry out police checks on potential hires to vet their suitability. When applying for this police check, you’ll be required to provide a wide range of information - from your name to valid proof of identity. While filling out the application form, you will also be required to fill in a purpose field. This section alone can make or break the validity of your police checks results.

In this post, we’ll explore why that is the case. But more importantly, we’ll provide valuable tips to appropriately fill out the purpose field of your employment police check.

What is the “purpose” field of a police check application?

In the broadest sense, the purpose field asks you for the reason you’re performing the check. In the context of employment, this reason is usually a short description of your proposed job.

Common examples include:

  • ✔ Tow truck operator
  • ✔ Nursing in a care home
  • ✔ Primary school teacher
  • ✔ Carer at a child care centre
  • ✔ General manager of a retail store
  • ✔ Coach of a children’s football club
  • ✔ Care assistant in a care home for the disabled
  • ✔ Employment in the financial service industry
  • ✔ Line manager in a chemical production plant
  • ✔ Foreman working for a construction company
  • ✔ Internship placement at a school
  • ✔ Delivery truck driver, and lots more.

However, asides from the proposed position or tile, the purpose section of the police check application will also request the following:

  • Your proposed place of work (or name of organisation)
  • Location of your proposed workplace (State or Territory)
  • Information on whether you’ll be in contact with vulnerable people.

Why is the purpose section required?

Now you might be thinking, “Isn’t a police check supposed to report prior convictions? Why would they need the purpose of the check to find out that information?”.

Here’s the answer: The contents of your police check will depend primarily on its purpose.

Only information relevant to the role will be released from the police database when performing a police check (Of course, there are exceptions to this rule that will be explored in the next section).

For example, if you’re applying to work as a line manager, your traffic infringements may not appear on your police check because it is irrelevant to the role. On the other hand, if you’re applying as a truck delivery driver, previous traffic infringements that led to a court conviction (like excessive speeding and drunk or drug driving) will be present in your police check report.

Hence, if you fill inaccurate or misleading information under the purpose section of your police check application, your prospective employer will not have access to all the relevant convictions (if any) required to make an informed decision.

Can a police check be used for more than one purpose?

The short answer is no. Because the content of your police check result is mainly dependent on the job role, the information obtained from one may be invalid for another.

Even if the job roles are similar, you still have the timeframe to contend with. Police checks are only valid up to the point they were performed. Hence, even if you’re applying for a similar role in the future, your previous police check may be invalid because a lot might have happened within that time frame.

A police check may only be used multiple times if the job roles are the same, in the same industry, and at the same time.

How to fill the purpose of your police check correctly

In most instances, your proposed job title will suffice as the purpose for your check. But in situations where your title is not clearcut, it is always a good idea to reach out to the hiring manager so they can provide you with the proper description for your police check.

Purpose-related tips to pass your police check

Now that you know the importance of accurately stating the purpose of your police check when applying for one, how can you make sure your police check comes out positive?

  • Make sure your criminal convictions are irrelevant to the role.
  • Applying for a primary school teaching role is a waste of time if you have a prior conviction of a sexually related offence. Hence, you must assess your criminal record to know what positions you can apply for and which you cannot.

Conclusion

When applying for a police check, you must fill the purpose field correctly. Failure to do so may render the results invalid. That’s why it’s always advisable to seek further clarification from the hiring manager if in doubt.

Copyright & Disclaimer

The content on this website is communicated to you on behalf of Australian National Character Check™ (ANCC®) pursuant to Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968 (the Act).

The material in this communication may be subject to copyright under the Act. Any further reproduction of this material may be the subject of copyright protection under the Act.

You may include a link on your website pointing to this content for commercial, educational, governmental or personal use.

The contents of this website do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal or professional advice.

Why use ANCC?

speed

Fast online application form

The online application form can be completed in a few minutes online. 70% of results are dispatched in 24 hours. Approximately 30% can take longer than 15 days due to a 'potential match'.

support_agent

Australian based support team

All of our staff are based in Canberra, ACT. All data is stored securely in Australia. Each application is checked in accordance with Federal Government guidelines. Support staff are available from Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM.

verified_user

Top rated national police check provider

ANCC is amongst the highest rated employment background check providers. Refer to ANCC's Google Reviews and Product Reviews.

verified

Guaranteed to be valid Australia wide

A nationally coordinated criminal history check is valid in all States and Territories of Australia.

Need discount police checks? We beat prices!

About ANCC

ANCC® enables individuals and approved legal entities to apply for a nationally coordinated criminal history check, which is commonly referred to as a national police check. The nationally coordinated criminal history check is valid all over Australia and can be used when applying for Employment, Probity, Licencing, or Commonwealth check purposes. Get discount police checks online. We beat prices!

5.0/5.0

based on 493 Google Reviews

5.0/5.0

based on 175 Product Reviews

Helped of customers and counting.

Not sure where to start?

Book in a free consultation with us to discuss your organisation's employment background check needs, or to get an overview of the ANCC Business Portal.