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Police check for residents in Queensland

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Are you based in Queensland (Qld) and need a police check? Get your police check online now via the Australian National Character Check™ (ANCC®) website.

A check can be lodged online now using your PC, mobile or tablet.

The application form takes approximately 15 minutes to complete if all of your identification documents are ready. The online form can also be saved and resumed at a later stage if you do not have all identification documents on hand.

The check provided by Australian National Character Check for residents in Queensland is formally referred to as a nationally coordinated criminal history check. Our check is valid Australia wide including Queensland (Qld).

Result Time-Frame: 70 percent of police checks are returned within 24 hours. Approximately 30 percent of checks may be referred to one or more police agencies in Australia and this can take longer than 10 business days for the check to be returned, due to the manual nature of the process.

Please note: If applicants require a certificate that is issued by the Queensland Police Force, this can only be obtained directly through the Queensland Police Force. Australian National Character Check is not affiliated with the Queensland Police Force and applicants must obtain one directly through their website. Applicants should allow a minimum of 10 business days for a police check by the Queensland Police Force to be issued.

Why use ANCC?


Fast online application form

The online application form can be completed in a few minutes online. 70% of results are dispatched in 24 hours. Approximately 30% can take longer than 15 days due to a 'potential match'.


Australian based support team

All of our staff are based in Canberra, ACT. All data is stored securely in Australia. Each application is checked in accordance with Federal Government guidelines. Support staff are available from Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM.


Top rated national police check provider

ANCC is amongst the highest rated employment background check providers. Refer to ANCC's Google Reviews and Product Reviews.


Guaranteed to be valid Australia wide

A nationally coordinated criminal history check is valid in all States and Territories of Australia.

What is a police check?

A police check is a collation of police and conviction history information about an individual that has been determined releasable by police agencies in Australia.

The nationally coordinated criminal history check certificate contains releasable criminal records and convictions of an individual (disclosable court outcomes), issued by Australian police agencies in accordance with the spent convictions legislation.

The check is a result of a search on the national police checking service system with all current and previously known names, date of birth, addresses and other items that the applicant provides as part of their application.

Whether you are based in Brisbane, Gold Coast or any other region of Queensland (Qld), the check issued by Australian National Character Check will be suitable if you are using it for the purpose of employment, probity or licensing in Australia.

Further information on the process for nationally coordinated criminal history checks (how the service works) can be found on the ACIC website.

How do I apply for a police check if I am based in Queensland?

If there is a request for you to provide a police check in Queensland (Qld), there are two main ways you can obtain it:

  • Through ACIC accredited bodies like Australian National Character Check
  • Through a local police station in Queensland (or via their website)

Australian National Character Check can help you to get your nationally coordinated criminal history check online with our reliable and efficient online application service.

Overall, applicants experience speed and efficiency when applying for their police check online.

The process for applying online for your police check in Queensland via ANCC is as follows:

Please note that the check provided by ANCC is formally referred to as a nationally coordinated criminal history check.

How long is a police check valid in Qld?

A police check in Queensland does not have a set period of validity. The check is considered valid up until the date of issue. However, the requesting party can state how old a police check can be.

A police check issued to a resident in QLD is a point in time check, meaning it has no set expiry date. Most organisations in Queensland do not accept a police check that is older than three months.

This timeframe will vary for different employers and will depend on the organisation's internal risk mitigation strategies.

What is the maximum waiting period for getting a police check in Queensland?

70 percent of checks are dispatched to applicants within 24 hours. The remaining 30 percent can take longer than 10 business days.

Manual processing for an application may occur when there is a semblance between an applicant’s information and the information on the national police checking service database. For example, if there is a person in the country with the same name or similar name (including other matchers) to the applicant and is of interest to Australian police agencies.

It should be noted that agencies like Australian National Character Check have no control over applications that are referred for manual processing.

Processing of police checks is conducted by Australian police agencies in the interest of community safety. The checking process cannot be rushed.

Why do employers request background checks in Queensland?

There are numerous reasons why you may be required to present a nationally coordinated criminal history check before an employer or person responsible for decision making in Queensland.

Most employers will ask for a copy of this check before they provide employment or award a contract to an individual.

A police check helps to contribute towards community and workplace safety. It does so by providing decision makers with disclosable information about an individual's past interactions with the criminal justice system.

The nationally coordinated criminal history check contains the disclosable record of the criminal history of an individual or a potential employee.

What is the spent convictions scheme in Qld?

If you are after information about how the spent convictions scheme or information release policies apply to nationally coordinated criminal history checks, please refer to the ‘legislation’ section of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) website.

How business and government organisations in Queensland can obtain police checks online

Australian National Character Check provides an online software platform for HR workers in Queensland to get police checks online for their workers. This can be to meet employer compliance requirements when hiring or recruiting new staff or simply as a risk mitigation policy for the business.

Please contact us today to find out how Australian National Character Check can help make your organisation safer or compliant with industry requirements.

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About ANCC

ANCC® enables individuals and approved legal entities to apply for a nationally coordinated criminal history check, which is commonly referred to as a national police check. The nationally coordinated criminal history check is valid all over Australia and can be used when applying for Employment, Probity, Licencing, or Commonwealth check purposes. Get discount police checks online. We beat prices!


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