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Police Checks are one of the most versatile documents of assessments in Australia. For a start, it will contain all the details of a court conviction against you in accordance with the spent convictions legislation in Australia.
However, all these don't make the criminal history check the all-knowing or all-revealing records of Australia. The police check will only reveal the details of your criminal history under the Disclosure Acts of the State or Territory in the jurisdiction.
So, Yes, for those who have the question, not all your violations or offences in Australia will appear on a police check. Some of these that do not show up can be simple traffic violations.
The Road and Traffic laws in all States and Territories require a person handling or controlling a vehicle to have a Driver License. It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle without a license while on Australian roads.
However, the legislation also authorises the Police or designated traffic officers to seize a license if a driver commits a severe traffic infraction or violation. Other conditions for this case are found in the various Road and Traffic laws of the States and Territories.
For severe offences, the authorised officer can seize the License until the Court rules on the matter.
Generally, license suspensions do not show in a Police Check if it was a;
However, if the license suspension was part of a Magistrates Court penalty for a traffic offence, it will appear in the person’s criminal history and hence will also show up on their police check.
Matters disclosed in a Police Check are those that are recorded in a criminal history after sentencing. If a court does not issue sentencing, it will not be their criminal record or the Police Check.
Traffic offences in Australia may either be settled;
Traffic matters settled on infringements are not "entered" in a Police Check or criminal record. All issues resolved with infringements notices are recorded in the;
However, all traffic offences that the court issues sentencing for will be recorded in the person's criminal records.
Minor traffic offences can be settled with infringement notices in a traffic court or immediately. If the Police or traffic officer “flag” or apprehend you for a minor traffic offence, they may issue you infringement notices. These infringement notices can be settled by paying the fines on the traffic tickets or demerit points.
However, the officer can also seize your License for a period if they;
If the Police suspend your Driver License, you will have to make alternative plans about reaching your destination.
If the Police suspend your License as part of the "immediate" penalty, you may apply for an objection in court. In court, you will have to provide all the evidence relating to the crime and argue against the Police.
After the hearing, the Magistrate will pronounce any of the following actions;
There are lots of records for all violations or offences in Australia. These records document all the actions, infractions or punishments relating to individuals in Australia.
The traffic record contains all the traffic infractions, offences and infringement notices on the Traffic database. Crimes that are disclosed in a Traffic record includes;
The Police records are special "violation records" in the Police database. It includes all violations charged by the Police.
It includes all the
The Police Check/Criminal records
It contains details of all court convictions and findings of guilt. All the Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCOs) in a criminal record are revealed in a Police Check.
The Police Check will reveal details, punishments, and sentences a court issues regarding a traffic offence. Traffic offences that are shown in a police check include;
A license suspension means your driving rights will be withdrawn for a period or until you meet some conditions. If your License is suspended, it will be a crime to operate another vehicle.
You must not drive another vehicle for the period of your license suspension.
There are many reasons why your License can be suspended under the legislation.
Reasons why you may get a license suspension
Your driving rights may be suspended for a period if;
If you have unsettled fines or infringement orders on your traffic records, your License will be suspended until you settle such penalties.
The demerit points system is one way to punish traffic offenders by increasing their driver's license points.
Every License has a limit to the Demerit points it can accrue. The demerit points increase as a person commits a traffic violation. When the driver reaches such a limit (usually 12 -16), their Driver's License is withdrawn for a period.
It takes at least three years for the demerit points to restart.
Driving at such speeds is the most grievous speeding offence in Australia. If an officer apprehends you driving at such speeds, they will in most circumstances seize your License pending a court decision.
The State body for regulating Road and Traffic use in Australia can suspend a person's License based on specific recommendations.
For example, the body can suspend your License if certain medical conditions affect/impair your ability to drive a car.
Your driver license can be suspended immediately if;
A License withdrawal is not the same as a License suspension. A license withdrawal means a total forfeiture of your rights to operate a vehicle in Australia. Your License will be withdrawn once your;
A License disqualification means you are precluded or exempted from owning a license for the period of the disqualification. The license disqualification is different from a suspension.
If your License is disqualified, you will need to reapply for a license after the disqualification period. Meanwhile, you can retrieve your License after a license suspension.
A Court order or verdict only issues a license disqualification.
It is a severe offence to operate a vehicle without a license (driving unlicensed). It doesn't matter if the License is contested in court or temporarily suspended. Driving without a license can either be settled through infringement notice or in court.
An Australian Court can impose penalties of up to 5 years for driving without a license. If the court convicts you of this offence, it will appear on your criminal record check.
Yes, aside from the fact that you will be unable to operate a vehicle for the duration of the suspension, there are many determinants for a license suspension.
License suspensions can affect you in;
Employers will require your criminal history check or other traffic records if the role involves driving. You might not get a driving related role if you had multiple license suspensions. For example, a sound driving record may be considered an inherent requirement for a job when assessing criminal records for the purpose of driver licensing and accreditation.
A previous license suspension can count against you in a further court proceeding. The Police can use your traffic record to prove a person's irresponsibility or penchant for disregarding the law.
The Court can issue the harsher license disqualification if a driver gets too many “license suspensions”.
If a driver keeps re-offending in traffic-related infractions, the court can order a disqualification or withdrawal of their License.
If you are an individual then you can obtain a criminal history check certificate online via Australian National Character Check’s online police check application 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.
Legal Aid Queensland (License Disqualification) - https://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/Find-legal-information/Cars-and-driving/Licence-disqualification
Law Access NSW (Driving and Criminal Records) - https://www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/Pages/representing/driving_offences_and_crime/driving_and_crime_after_court/driving_and_criminal_records.aspx
Legal Aid Victoria (Criminal Records) - https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/going-to-court-for-criminal-charge/possible-outcomes-for-criminal-offences/criminal-records
Legal Aid Western Australia (Disqualification or Cancellation of License) - https://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/find-legal-answers/cars-and-driving/drivers-licences/disqualification-or-cancellation-licence
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