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Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) in WA

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A nationally coordinated criminal history check in WA 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 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.

If you seek paid employment, licenses or other applications in Western Australia, you will need an NCCHC certificate. Most employers and agencies are taking more proactive and legal steps to vet the candidates they admit into their organisation.

What is the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check?

The NCCHC is a nationally coordinated scheme that checks an applicant for their criminal history in Australia. The applicant will get a certificate at the end of checking (NCCHC certificate/result), and this is what they submit to the employer or requesting party.

The NCCHC certificate discloses all the convictions records of an individual that the jurisdiction deems releasable. The conviction records that the NCCHC certificate discloses are the Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCO).

What is disclosed in my NCCHC?

Your NCCHC can either return as;

Disclosable Court Outcome (DCO)

Your DCO is the conviction details that the jurisdiction permits to be released on your NCCHC. It consists of all your court issued convictions ad findings of guilt except those committed under special programs like the;

Disclosable Court Outcomes can include;

If the court convicts you of an offence, it will enter your criminal records on the Australian Criminal database. All your conviction details are not "spent" from your DCO.

The court allows certain ongoing charges or court hearings to enter a candidate's NCCHC certificate, especially if related to the role the candidate applies for.

Not all traffic violations are settled on the spot with tickets. Convictions for traffic violations settled in court by a Magistrate will enter the offender's criminal records. However, traffic offences that are settled by infringement notice do not appear on the NCCHC certificate.

A pending arrest warrant for a crime will generally appear on a Police Check, especially where the 'defendant' has not responded to the court. Once the court issues an arrest warrant against a person, it will enter their criminal records.

All convictions that cannot be spent will remain in the candidate's criminal record and the NCCHC certificate.

If the Magistrate issues alternative sentencing such as a CRO, it will remain in your Criminal records for the bond duration. However, after this period, the conviction details no longer show up on the NCCHC certificate.

No Disclosable Court Outcomes (NDCO)

If the candidate has no releasable conviction on their criminal history, their NCCHC certificate returns with an NDCO.

An NDCO means the candidate has "passed" their National Coordinated Criminal History Check in everyday parlance.

What does not show in an NCCH certificate?

Only the Disclosable Convictions issued by an Australian Court will appear on your NCCHC certificate. Outside this, no other record appears on the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, and the certificate will give an “NDCO” as its result.

While other violations or offences may appear in other agencies’ records, they are not included in your records in the Australian Criminal Database. Some of these offences are;

Any sentencing given by an abroad court will not enter your Australian criminal records. Employers seeking a candidate’s overseas conviction may have to employ other means to get such records. The NCCHC only compares convictions and criminal records relevant to Australia.

The court can issue other programs rather than sentencing for an offender. However, the court considers certain factors before issuing such programs. For example, the offence must not have a severe impact on the victim or the community.

Under the Spent conviction scheme, certain offences will be removed from an offender’s record. However, the offender must have satisfied a Good Behaviour Period and additional conditions the court includes in the sentence.

What is the Spent Convictions Scheme?

The Spent convictions scheme guides all offences that are eligible under the scheme. It is a nationwide programme that provides a mitigating effect on their criminal records.

Good Behaviour Period in WA for Spent Convictions

Eligible offences will only be “Spent” after the Good Behaviour Period elapses without the candidate re-offending. The Good Behaviour Period is the same thing as a Crime free period in another jurisdiction.

The Crime free period for spent convictions in WA is;

Not all convictions can be "Spent" in the WA; it only covers less severe offences in the WA. The WA legislation defines less severe offences as;

Examples of such convictions that cannot be Spent include;

Where can I apply for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check in Australia?

The NCCHC has become a reliable document to assess candidates when applying for a role or license. And this is resulting in a surge of applicants for the NCCHC certificate.

The online application takes less than 8 minutes and can be completed from anywhere. Applicants can complete their application using a PC, Tablet or mobile device.

The applicants shouldn't worry about the safety of the process as all data is transferred over a secure and encrypted network.

This method of application may be faster in most instances, and applicants usually get their NCCHC certificate within 24 to 48 hours unless the application is referred for manual processing.

The WA Police issues criminal history check certificates to all successful applicants through the website. Applying through the local police office may be a physical process which may require visits to the Police office to verify identification documents.

Candidates should allow 10 to 15 days to receive a result.

How long does an NCCHC certificate last in Australia?

The National Coordinated Criminal History Check in Australia is a point-in-time check; it is valid at the point of issue. There is no expiry date to the NCCHC certificate issued in WA regardless of the provider or means.

However, the details displayed in the NCCHC are updated every time a person "has an interaction" with the Australian criminal laws. Therefore, most agencies or employers will not accept an NCCHC certificate older than three months.

It is an implicit belief among employers and agencies that a 3-month period is enough for the person to have a new criminal record.

So, it is possible and likely that a recruiter or an agency will refuse your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check certificate if it is older than three months. A remedy for this is to renew or update your NCHC certificate before you apply for a role.

Where will I need an NCCHC in Western Australia?

Employers and agencies are now using the police check in WA to determine how suitable a candidate is for the role they seek.

You may be required to submit an NCCHC if you are seeking any of these;

Most employers include an NCCHC certificate as a requirement to assess how suitable the candidate is for the role. Besides the academic and ability qualifications, the employers want to be sure the person is "legally" qualified for the position.

Employing a candidate with a history of corporate fraud may compromise your organisation’s internal policies.

Obtaining these kinds of licenses require a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check result;

How can I obtain a nationally coordinated criminal history check in WA?


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.