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Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check in Tasmania

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

Most nationally coordinated criminal history checks are dispatched to applicants within 24 to 48 hours, with the remainder 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 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.

There are many background checks to assess a candidate in Australia, depending on the scope or purpose. Of all these, the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) has become the most prominent due to its extensive use and the quality of the information in it.

From Employers to licensing organisations and professional bodies, it is hard to find a sector where the NCCHC is not a valuable means for assessments. In Tasmania, you will likely need a Police Check result for any application or evaluation, or else your application will be incomplete.

What does the Nationally Coordinated Check contain in Australia?

The NCCHC is a finding for any offences, convictions or violations against the individual per the Australian laws. Usually, these records are found in the candidate’s criminal records on the Australian Criminal Database.

Yet, not all your offences or convictions are shown in an NCCHC Check in Australia. Some records enter the NDCO or other non-releasable records.

Your Disclosable Court Outcomes contains details such as;

Any of your court convictions that are not spent or committed for any other diversionary program will appear on your NCCHC result in Tasmania. It also includes the details of the offence, the punishment issued, and the date.

Some examples of releasable records, especially those that can never be spent under any Australian law, includes;

If the court finds you guilty of an offence, it automatically records it in your criminal history in Australia, and all records on your criminal history enter your NCCHC. It does not matter that the court did not issue a conviction and only found you guilty.

The court will grant a warrant order where it is convinced that the defendant must be remanded in a custodial facility due to a criminal offence. If the defendant does not obey an arrest warrant initially, it will enter their NCCHC in Tasmania until they settle the case in court.

Certain convictions will be taken off your records once you satisfy a Good Behaviour Period or any other condition/punishment the court issues. However, those offences that remain unspent under the Tasmanian laws and jurisdiction will remain part of your NCCHC records.

It is not uncommon for pending court hearings for a criminal offence to enter your NCCHC, especially if it is crucial to your application. Although if a "pending charge" record is on your Police Check, it will only appear as what it is, a pending charge, and nothing more.

What does not appear in the NCCHC?

Not all your convictions make up the DCOs or records displayed in the NCCHC; some records are not permitted to be released by the jurisdiction unless by some special court orders. These records that cannot be released on the NCCHC are the No Disclosable Court Outcomes (NDCOs).

Because a record is listed as NDCO does not mean it will not appear on other background checks. The employer or requesting party can evaluate deeper by mandating further background checks per their internal policies.

Some of the NDCO for an NCCHC include;

All your convictions, violations or records overseas do not enter the NCCHC. The records on your NCCHC result are limited to the Australian boundaries issued by a valid Australian court. However, employers who think the overseas record is vital to the assessment may employ other means to get the candidates overseas records.

The Spent convictions Scheme is happily active in Tasmania, as well as the other Australian States. And under the scheme, the offender can see some of their offences expunged. Convictions that are spent are cleared off the person's records and do not have to appear on the NCCHC anymore.

Any sentence not under the Australian legislation or by an Australian court does not enter your criminal records. For example, if a special court set up by a religious body or agency finds you guilty of an offence without prosecution in court, it does not enter your Australian criminal records.

All the details on your NCCHC are sourced from the Australian Criminal database.

Of course, if you have never been found guilty of an offence, you will not have a conviction record on the NCCHC regardless of the court attendance. The court must convict you of a crime before such records can enter your criminal records and the NCHC result.

Some violations in Tasmania may be considered trivial and lesser, that the Police officer will issue a Caution or Warning instead of charging and sentencing you to court.

Although Police warnings may end up in a Police record or other broader background checks in Tasmania, they do not appear in the NCCHC result.

Other items that will not show up on a NCCHC in Tasmania include;

How long will the NCCHC last in Tasmania?

The Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check is not a "dated" certificate as it is a point in time check.

Candidates or the requesting party can continue to use it until it becomes obsolete. However, due to the sensitive nature of some roles, the employer may limit the validity period of the NCCHC certificate they want.

Usually, most employers have a consensus period of not accepting an NCCHC certificate older than three months. Most organisations will even prefer a “real-time” detail of the applicant's data if it were possible rather than endure a 3-month-old record.

Where is the NCCHC valid?

Although the NCCHC is widely used in Tasmania and sees numerous applicants each day, the NCCHC is equally valid in other Australian States and Territories.

Also, since the NCCHC is a nationally coordinated check, it works regardless of your State or Territory. If you have applied for the Police Check in Queensland, you can still use it when you come down to Tasmania or vice versa in other Territories. The details the NCCHC contains is national and uniform throughout Australia.

How long does it take to process an NCCHC in Tasmania?

The method or medium of application is usually the most significant factor in deciding how long the NCCHC application takes. For online applications, you can get your NCCHC result within three days of the application (not usually up to that.).

However, physical applications using paper-based documents and copies are not as quick as applying online. All methods involving physical submissions and hard copies take ten business days before the applicant gets their NCCHC certificate.

Generally, 70% of all Police Checks are returned within the average return time for processing the NCCHC application. However, the remainder, 30% of the applications, usually get delayed due to some errors or complexities in the application. If an application gets delayed, it will push back the time the applicant receives their certificate.

When should I apply for The NCCHC in Tasmania?

The NCCHC application is open all times of the day all through the year, especially if you are applying online. You can always expect to get your NCCHC result within one to three days of applying online in Tasmania unless the check is referred for manual processing.

However, if the NCCHC is a requirement for one of your applications (job/license, etc.), apply for the NCCHC a little closer to when you need the result. However, you should not shift your application so close that a bit of delay in the process will affect your chances for the role you applied for.

As a general rule, you can apply for an NCCHC within three weeks of needing it, mainly when you apply manually.

Do I have to pay for the Nationally Coordinated Criminal Check?

Yes, the NCCHC is a paid service in Australia and Tasmania regardless of the purpose or how you apply for it.

Employers can also cover the costs of the NCCHC and relieve the financial burden on the applicant, however that is at the employer's discretion. Sometimes, the employer may even streamline the application process and initiate the NCCHC application on behalf of the candidate by using a business portal for NCCHC applications.

How can an employer apply for the NCCHC for their candidates?

Australian National Character Check has a simple service called the "Business Portal". By creating an account using the business portal, the organisation can streamline an NCCHC for their candidates.

What the Business account does is to "Initiate" the NCCHC application for the candidate. Only the candidate can accept and agree to complete the procedure that leads to the NCCHC certificate.

I was asked to submit a National Police Check

The National Police Check (NPC) is the same as the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC). The name of the NCHC may vary depending on the State or Territory you are in Australia, so it means the same thing as an NCCHC if you are requested to provide any of the following;

Is the NCCHC different for various purposes?

No, the NCCHC contains the exact details about the candidate from their criminal history on the national criminal database. However, depending on the purpose of the Background Check, some conviction records are prioritised and highlighted over others. Yet, it does not mean there is a separate background check.

During the NCCHC application, the candidate must carefully select the proper purpose. The NCCHC result cannot be used for a purpose different from the one chosen on the application.

Can I fail a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check?

People often use the words "Pass" and "Fail" for the NCCHC as referring to some tests or assessments. While the NCCHC is a document to assess the candidate, it does not pass or fail. The NCCHC result will only reveal the releasable details of the candidate per Australian laws.

So, you cannot technically fail a Check that does not grade on the “Pass/Fail” system.

However, the type of offences on your NCCHC records may disqualify you from the role or application if the requesting party already lists them as compromising.

For such cases, the conviction record is deemed compromising to the application. And maybe detrimental to the employer or organisation if they go on to hire the candidate.

Why is the NCCHC important in Tasmania?

The NCCHC is vital in Tasmania for just about the same reason it has become popular around Australia.

The NCCHC is uniform throughout Australia; employers or other decision makers can quickly evaluate your records even if they are on the records of a different jurisdiction.

It is a reasonable means to assess the candidate based on their past and current conviction records with their informed consent.

Also, most employers and agencies have already incorporated the criminal history check into their internal organisational policies.

How can I obtain a nationally coordinated criminal history check in Tasmania (Tas)?


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.