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The national police check is one of the most important documents in Australia. It reveals many useful legal details about a candidate to a decision maker or authority. Most employers even request a police background check result before employing the shortlisted candidates.
However, a police check result is not a one-time legal assessment document. The details and records of a criminal history check continue to change depending on the candidate's interaction with the Australian judicial system.
A national police check in Victoria is a point-in-time check and has no set expiry date. Employers and decision makers in Victoria decide on expiry dates for criminal history checks based on their internal risk mitigation policies. Generally, most employers in Victoria do not accept a police check result that is older than three (3) months.
A big reason for this is that a person could get a conviction within that period. When applying for any position or role in Victoria, ensuring that your criminal background check records are not older than three months old serves as a risk mitigation strategy for workplaces and the like.
No, the police check never expires regardless of when you obtained it. The Police Check is a point-in-time check, and it remains valid from the point of issue to any other point.
However, most companies avoid older criminal record check records. They require every candidate to submit a more recent copy of their checks.
The criminal history check certificate contains a legally issued record of a person's criminal records. It’s release and disclosure are authorised by necessary State and Territory laws.
It contains the information of;
Some organisations or agencies will reject your national police check if it falls outside the age range they need. Most organisations usually prefer checks not older than three months old. Anything outside this is traditionally considered as a more senior record.
The best thing to do when your criminal history check gets old is to renew your certificate. There are a few national and online agencies that offer a complete, easy and fast process to obtain your criminal history check certificate online.
The process can be completed within 15 minutes or so and can be completed in 10 simple steps;
You can also explore other physical or in-person means of renewal by;
Applying through the Police Force in Victoria
Applications for a police check in Victoria can be completed at your local Victorian Police office.
Applicants must present their verification IDs that corroborate any of the information they submit in the forms.
Applying through your Local Post office in Victoria
The post office forwards all criminal history check applications from the candidate to the National Check agency. Applicants must submit all requested information together with the specified ID verification.
Applicants still have to provide ID documents when they renew their criminal background check certificate. However, any change in your records/information within that period must be supported by proof or the updated document. A new application form will need to be completed if you wish to renew your check.
Employers can interpret a candidate’s police record check based on their internal risk mitigation policies. And if such conviction is contradictory to the role, such an employer can refuse the check given the conviction will affect the inherent requirements of a job role.
Updated police checks reveal more details about your criminal history since the last time you applied. For example, if the status of a conviction or record changes, it will only be corrected in the updated results.
With an updated nationally coordinated criminal history check certificate, an employer can properly assess your suitability for a role.
The Spent Convictions Scheme in Australia removes all eligible offences from the individual's conviction records. However, this will only reflect in the updated criminal records since the removal.
Legislation underpinning some sensitive roles (like aged care police checks) requires that organisations that offer services in the "sensitive" sectors should obtain updated criminal history checks within certain intervals.
It also reiterates that employers have a duty to protect the welfare and health of those they provide services to.
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