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Police Check in Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

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Australian National Character Check™ makes obtaining a National Police Clearance for applicants in the ACT simple. The police check application in the ACT can be completed securely from your computer, mobile or tablet.

Most police checks in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are returned to applicants within 24 to 48 hours.

Applicants can pay securely via credit card, debit card or PayPal.

If applicants require a check that is issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) e.g. for immigration purposes, this can only be obtained directly through the AFP Website. Australian National Character Check is not affiliated with the AFP and applicants must obtain one directly through their website. Applicants should allow a minimum of 10 business days for an afp police check to be issued as it will arrive via post.

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What is shown on a Police Check in the Australian Capital Territory?

A police check in the Australian Capital Territory lists an individual’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police agencies.

Information on the spent convictions scheme can be found here.

How can I get a Police Check in the ACT?

If you are asked to submit your Police Check certificate in the ACT, there are multiple ways to obtain it.

The quicker method is to apply online through an official agency like Australian National Character Check. The application is completed online, and most results are dispatched directly via email within 24 to 48 hours.

The conventional form of applying for a criminal record check in the ACT was to fill out and submit a paper-based application form with the Australian Federal Police. This process generally takes longer to receive the result.

Documents you need to apply for your Police Check in the ACT include:

Applicants should note that the check on this website is formally referred to as a nationally coordinated criminal history check and is not issued by a state or territory police force. If you would like a check that is issued by a state or territory police force, please contact the criminal records section of your state or territory police force.

What is a Police Check in ACT?

A Police Check or;

National Police History Check,

National Criminal History Check,

Police Clearance Certificate,

National Coordinated Criminal History Check,

Whatever it is called, is a list of disclosable court outcomes (DCOs), police criminal history and records of an individual authorised by Australian police agencies. ACT Police Checks are used by most businesses and other organisations in the Australian Capital Territory for employment, volunteer positions and some Licensing and Registration schemes.

Can my Police Check application take longer than 24 hours?

Australian National Character Check sends you a confirmation email on completion of your application and in most cases issues you with the Police Check ACT within 1 and 3 days. Results are dispatched on the same day they are received.

If an application is automatically marked for ‘manual review’ issuance of the certificate can be delayed for a further 1 to 15+ days. Manual review occurs when part or all of an applicant’s data bears similarity with information on the police criminal history database. Manual reviews do not always mean a finding of crime against the applicant, it can be from:

How long is my Police Check valid in the Australian Capital Territory?

A Police Check in the ACT is a "point in time" check and is considered current as of the date of issue. Your Police Check in ACT does not have a set expiration date.

The requesting authority alone has the prerogative of informing you when to provide an updated ACT national police clearance certificate according to their internal risk mitigation strategy. Generally, most organisations refuse Police Checks older than three months.

Who can apply for a Police Check Certificate in the Australia Capital Territory?

Most workplaces request for a person’s Police Clearance Certificate before the person is offered employment or admission.

The ACT National Criminal History Check can be conducted on:

A police check for the purpose of immigration or visa must be obtained directly from the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Criminal history and information for ACT checks are sourced from all Australian police databases, meaning that your Police Check in Canberra or the ACT is a national check and is valid in all states and territories of Australia.

Accredited National Police Clearance Certificate for Australian Capital Territory

Australian National Character Check is an accredited service approved by the Australian Federal Government to conduct nationally coordinated criminal history checks.

The national police certificate issued by Australian National Character Check is valid nationwide and hence within Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

A police check conducted for applicants in the Australian Capital Territory is actually a National Police Check. When you apply for a police check in the Australian Capital Territory, in essence you are also applying for the following:

Police Check in Victoria
Police Check in QLD
Police Check in SA
Police Check in Tasmania
Police Check in NT
Police Check in WA
National Police Check in New South Wales

Police Check in the ACT for business and workplaces

We provide a 100% online solution for businesses and workplaces to streamline their national police checks. Contact our support team today to find out how Australian National Character Check can streamline police checks for your workplace. Australian National Character Check is the only agency that provides customer support seven days a week (excluding public holidays).

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