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Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) in South Australia (SA)

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A nationally coordinated criminal history check can be obtained online via the Australian National Character Check (ANCC) website.

Most criminal history checks are dispatched to applicants within 24 to 48 hours, with the remaining that get referred for manual processing taking longer. 70 percent of police checks are returned to applicants within 24 hours. Approximately 30 percent of checks may be referred to one or more police agencies and can take longer than 10 business days to be returned, due to the manual nature of this process.

Applicants based in South Australia (SA) can obtain a nationally coordinated criminal history check online for a base price of $48.90. Payment options include debit card, credit card or PayPal.

South Australian (SA) decision makers and employers have adopted a method of assessing candidates when they apply for specific roles or licenses in the State. The criminal history check in SA is a broad check that lists a person's conviction from the wider Australian Criminal Database.

More employers and agencies are now adopting the NCCHC assessments as part of their recruitment policies. It is difficult for a person to get specific roles or clearances in South Australia without a valid NCCHC.

What is a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) in South Australia?

The NCCHC is a means of accessing a person's criminal records in the SA and Australia Criminal Database. The NCCHC certificate that the National Checking agency issues to the candidate consists of all the court criminal records and convictions.

The NCCHC record remains valid regardless of the State or Territory where the applicant obtains the certificate.

Where do I need to submit an NCCHC in SA?

Almost all organisations/employers in SA require the employees or potential employees to submit an NCCHC certificate before employment.

Also, employees who work in sensitive or vulnerable sectors generally must provide a National Criminal Check.

You will generally need an NCCHC report when you are applying for;

What shows up in my Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check?

Your NCCHC certificate reflects all the disclosable convictions on your Criminal records; these are your Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCO).

The Disclosable Court Outcomes are unspent convictions and those not under special programs in the legislation. The details of a DCO includes;

All findings of guilt, orders and convictions any Australian court has ever given you will appear on a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. If the Court commits you under Conditional release orders, it will appear on your NCCHC for the duration of the order.

It is erroneous to think that ALL traffic offences do not show up in a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. If the Magistrate finds you guilty of a traffic offence, it will appear on your Criminal records and the NCCHC Check. Otherwise, traffic offences settled on infringements are excluded from the criminal records.

The Magistrate may refrain from giving a sentence depending on the circumstances around the offence. If the Court finds you guilty with no conviction, it will appear on your criminal records, except the court orders the verdict to be "Spent."

The Court allows some offences to appear in an NCCHC even while the hearing is ongoing.

The number of court summons, appearances a person has will appear on their NCCHC. It will also include the type of charge, the court verdict, the details of the case, and so on. Most employers are suspicious of a person who has frequent clashes with the law.

The Convictions that are not Spent will form part of your Disclosable Court Outcomes. Spent convictions are erased from a person’s criminal records and NCCHC.

If the Magistrate commits you on a Good Behaviour Bond, it will appear on a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check for the bond duration. The Good Behaviour Bond is issued based on the offence and other factors the court deems relevant to the charge.

What does not show up on an NCCHC in SA?

The Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check only includes convictions details issued by an Australian court. Your criminal record in Australia will not contain convictions given overseas or by courts outside the Australian legal system.

You will have a Non-disclosable Court Outcomes (NDCO) if there is no disclosable record on your NCCHC. The jurisdiction may preclude some criminal records from appearing on the candidate's NCCH certificate.

The following records are not part of a DCO;

What is a Spent conviction?

A scheme runs in every State and Territory in Australia including the Spent Convictions Scheme legislation in SA. The scheme allows certain minor offences to be removed from a person's criminal record. However, the beneficiary must have observed a period of good behaviour and may need to satisfy other conditions given in Court.

Good Behaviour Period for Spent Convictions

During the Good Behaviour period, the applicant must not re-offend or get a conviction. It is usually referred to as a crime-free period in other jurisdictions.

The Good Behaviour Period is;

Also, a conviction can only be spent if;

How can I get a nationally coordinated criminal history check in South Australia?

The NCCHC has become easier to obtain now that almost all decision makers and employers adopt it. A candidate can apply for the NCCHC through any of the methods they prefer. Although for some applications, they have to abide by the preference of the requesting party if they specify it.

The National Police Checking Service permits certain providers like ANCC to facilitate the issuing of the NCCHC. When you apply online, your Criminal Background Check will return mostly within 24 to 48 hours unless the application is referred for manual processing.

The online application is easy and convenient for most applicants as it can be done using; PC, Tablet, Mobile devices. The entire application takes less than 15 minutes when you apply online, including the ID verification.

SAPOL issues valid criminal history checks to all applicants who apply through the Local Police website in South Australia.

The candidate may need to visit the local Police office to complete the ID verification process.

Applicants can also submit their applications to the local Post office. All applications through the local post office must also be complete with the IDs, applications form, consent forms and all other documents.

How long does a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) application take?

The duration for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check application depends mainly on the method you use in the application.

Applying online takes just hours (in most instances) before the applicants get their NCCHC certificate. The applicant initially gets the electronic copy and can opt for the hard copy later on if they choose.

Generally, all applicants (manual applications) receive their NCCHC within fiten business days, barring any barriers or processes.

Can my NCCHC application take longer?

70% of NCCHC applications return within the average/estimated time. The applicant will receive their certificate through the medium they applied for. Your application will have few delays if;

However, roughly 30% of the applications will get delayed due to specific procedures. For example, where the;

What is manual processing?

Specific applications may need an official to supervise an ongoing checking. If the Check algorithm cannot offer decisive results for an NCCHC application, it will give a “manual processing" alert. And such applications will be flagged for manual processing.

Manual processing can delay an NCCHC application by an additional 5 to 15 business days.

What can I do if my application gets flagged for manual processing?

There is no external influence that can affect manual processing of a criminal history check. It is also impossible for the agency or any other official to know which application gets flagged for manual processing.

How can I obtain a nationally coordinated criminal history check in South Australia (SA)?


If you are an individual, you can obtain a national criminal record check certificate online via Australian National Character Check’s 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.