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What is a National Police Check NSW?

A National Police Check for NSW applicants is a collation of police and conviction history information about an individual (the applicant) that has been determined releasable by police agencies in Australia. It is also referred to as a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and is commonly used by employers and decision makers within Sydney and surrounding New South Wales areas.

The criminal history check certificate collates disclosable court outcomes from all Australian states and territories in accordance with the Spent Convictions Scheme.

The check is a National Criminal Background Check and does not only take into account convictions within Sydney or areas in NSW.

If applicants require a certificate issued directly by NSW Police, this can only be obtained through the NSW Police Force. Australian National Character Check is not affiliated with the NSW Police Force and applicants must obtain one directly through their website. This process may also require applicants to visit a JP, police officer or other authorised parties to attest identification (ID) documents.

How much does a National Police Check NSW cost?

The base price for an online Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check application for applicants based in Sydney orother areas of New South Wales is $48.90.

Applicants can securely pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Results are dispatched via email and an optional hard copy certificate can also be ordered.

Is the National Police Check NSW different to the one I can get at a local police station?

Our service accesses the same central government database as local NSW police stations to issue a police check online.

There is no difference in the legitimacy of a National Police Check NSW issued by a local policestation in Sydney and Australian National Character Check.

An applicant may notice small differences in the formatting of the police clearance certificate, however both are equally valid.

Applicants that apply through Australian National Character Check do however experience the substantial difference in speed and efficiency when obtaining their Australian police check.

Majority of police checks for Sydney applicants are returned within 24 hours. 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. Results are instantly emailed on the same business day they are received. Overall, applicants save time and cost when applying for their National Police Check NSW.

What shows up on a National Police Check NSW?

A police check lists disclosable court outcomes released by all Australian police agencies. This includes convictions, sentences, penalties, and pending charges. This includes:

What will not show up on a National Police Check NSW?

Findings of non-guilt, incomplete or dropped charges, traffic infringements not involving convictions (e.g., fines, cautions), diversion programs, penalties imposed by institutions or professional bodies, matters prosecuted by authorities other than the police, convictions overseas.

Spent convictions are also not shown on a criminal record check depending on what state the convictions occurred in. Generally, a spent conviction is a criminal offence which is older than five years if convicted as a child, or an offence older than ten years in any other case.

Convictions which are not eligible to be “spent” include:

How do I order National Police Checks in NSW for my employees?

Employers based in Sydney or other areas of New South Wales can streamline their national police check processes when hiring or promoting staff. Please visit our business customer page for information on how New South Wales employers can streamline their online police checks.