The base cost to obtain an online National Police Check in the Northern Territory is $48.90.
The police clearance certificate is emailed directly to the Northern Territory based applicant when it is ready.
The National Police Check application form takes only a few minutes to lodge and can be done in the comfort of your own home, or at your workplace using a PC, mobile phone or tablet.
Payment options include credit card, debit card or PayPal through an encrypted link.
The national police check certificate will contain the results of the applicant’s police check application and disclosable court outcomes (if any).
Disclosable court outcomes (such as criminal history information) is released by Australian police agencies in accordance with the spent convictions scheme.
The check is a national check and does not only take into account Darwin and other areas of Northern Territory. Information displayed on the national criminal record check is sourced from the databases of all Australian police agencies.
If applicants require a check that is issued by the NT Police Force, this can only be obtained directly through the NT Police Force. Australian National Character Check is not affiliated with the NT Police Force and applicants must obtain one directly through their website. This may also require you to have your identification documents certified via approved personnel that can certify ID documents. Applicants should allow a minimum of 10 business days for a check by the NT Police Force to be issued.
From July 2018, applicants in NT (and all other Australian states) must provide four identification documents and a biometric link to obtain a criminal background check. These include:
1 x Commencement ID document, 1 x Primary ID document, 2 x Secondary ID documents, a biometric link between the applicant and their ID documents. A self-photo "selfie" demonstrating liveness as instructed on the website is a biometric link.
The identification documents from NT based applicants are required to enhance and improve authentication standards, the integrity of data holdings, and procedures for document verification. This keeps national police check data and a person’s identity more secure.
Due to spent convictions legislation, police agencies may only release criminal history records that relate to the purpose of the police check.
If you have an existing police clearance certificate, you need to consider when the certificate was issued and if the national police certificate covers the specific risks of that role.
E.g. If you have a Northern Territory police check certificate for the purpose of “access to sensitive information” and you are being placed into a role with direct access to vulnerable people, then the original police check would not cover the new role and an updated police check online is required specifying the new role.
In certain industries, mandatory Criminal history checks may be required due to legislation.
Police checks by employers and HR managers in the Northern Territory are usually completed at the pre-employment stage and periodically depending on the specific industries requirements.
Employers in Darwin and other areas of Northern Territory should be aware of any such industry-specific requirements and ensure policies should be in place in order to comply with the requirements.
If an existing employee is moving into a role with a different level of risk and it has been established that a Police Check is required because of those risks, then an employer or manager should ensure that the employee completes a police check before changing roles.
Employers and businesses based in NT can order, lodge, track and sort online police checks for their employees and staff.
Australian National Character Check’s business customer portal enables employers to keep track of all police checks in a convenient, secure and organised manner.
Contact us today to find out how Australian National Character Check helps other NT based businesses and can help make your organisation safer and compliant.