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Police Check in South Australia (SA)

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Australian National Character Check™ makes obtaining a National Criminal History Check for applicants in South Australia simple. The national police check application for persons based in SA can be completed securely from your computer, mobile or tablet

Most Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks for South Australia (SA) applicants are returned within 24 to 48 hours.

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

Most South Australian employers, corporations and voluntary organisations will request a person’s police clearance certificate or a criminal record check before they grant admission to the person.

If applicants require a check that is issued by the SA Police Force, this can only be obtained directly through the SA Police Force. Australian National Character Check is not affiliated with the SA Police Force and applicants must obtain one directly through their website. This may require you to have your identification documents certified and may not be completed using a procedure that is entirely online. Applicants should allow a minimum of 15 business days for a check by the SA Police Force to be issued.

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What is a Police Check South in Australia?

A Police Check for applicants in South Australia (SA) is a record of an individual’s disclosable criminal offences and convictions with outcomes including pending charges obtained from the databases of all Australian police agencies (including Adelaide and other parts of South Australia).

An SA based applicant can apply through Australian National Character Check’s secure online police clearance application form, and get their police check certificate between one and three days. The applicant will only need their computer, smartphones or tablet.

What will show up on a Police Check for applicants in SA?

A Police Check certificate will contain all releasable court data and outcomes and all pending data sourced from the databases of all Australian Police agencies.

Information on the spent convictions scheme can be found here.

Some of them include and are not limited to:

What will not show up on a National Criminal History Check in SA?

How long is a Police Check SA Valid?

A police check SA is generally requested by decision makers to get a summary of a person’s criminal background (if any). Therefore, only such decision makers can determine the period that will elapse before an updated police check is required. Most employers and decision makers in South Australia (SA) do not accept a national police certificate that is older than three months. This however will depend on the organisation and their internal risk mitigating strategies.

A police check is a point in time check and is valid up until the point of issue. There is no set expiry date for a national police clearance certificate in SA.

How to obtain a National Criminal History Check in SA?

If your National Criminal History Check has been requested by any authority in SA, there are two ways of applying:

There is no difference in the legitimacy of a police check issued by Australian National Character Check and a South Australia police station (SAPOL). Applicants may notice small differences in the layout of the certificate however both are equally valid. Applicants that apply through Australian National Character Check do experience the substantial difference in speed and efficiency when obtaining their police check online. Majority of Australian police checks for applicants based in South Australia are returned within 24 to 48 hours. Results are emailed on the same day they are received. Overall, applicants save time and cost when applying for their police check online.

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 information would you provide when applying for your National Police Check in SA?

Steps to to apply for the National Criminal History Check

Can a National Police Clearance for applicants based in SA take longer than 24 hours?

Most applicants will normally receive their police check certificate within 24 hours. However, a police check application may automatically get flagged for ‘manual review’ which will delay the person’s application.

A manual review for an Australian Police Check occurs when there is a likelihood of correlation between an applicant’s information and the police criminal database, and an official must peruse through criminal background history before a result can be released. Delay from manual reviews can extend between one to 15+ working days. Just because an application gets referred for a manual review does not necessarily mean that they have criminal history. It is more than likely that there is an individual in the country with the same or similar name to the applicant who is of interest to Australian police agencies.

Unfortunately, Australian National Character Check cannot see beforehand if an application will be flagged for ‘manual review’ but you will be duly notified via email when this happens.

Australian National Character Check does not only assure applicants of providing their National Police Check Certificate in South Australia, but we are also professional and secure when handling applicants personal data and information.

Accredited Criminal History Check Certificate for applicants based in South Australia

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

The national police clearance issued by Australian National Character Check is valid nationwide and hence within South Australia (SA).

When you apply for a National Criminal History Check online in South Australia, in essence you are also applying for the following:

National Police Check in NSW
Police Check in QLD
National Police Check in Victoria
Police Check in Tasmania
Police Check in NT
National Police Check in WA
Police Check in ACT

National Police Checks for business and workplaces based in South Australia

We provide a 100% online solution for businesses and workplaces to streamline police clearance checks when hiring or recruiting new staff. Contact us today to find out how Australian National Character Check can streamline national police checks for your organisation.

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