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Police Check Victoria (VIC)

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Australian National Character Check™ makes obtaining a Victoria police clearance certificate simple. The VIC police check application can be completed securely from your computer, mobile or tablet.

Most Victoria (VIC) police checks are returned to applicants within one to three business days.

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

What is shown on a Victoria Police Check?

The Police Check Victoria is an official police clearance certificate that lists an applicant's disclosable convictions or charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police agencies.

Information on the spent convictions scheme can be found here.

Most applicants get their Victorian police clearance certificate within 24 hours. The remaining that get referred for manual processing take longer. Results are automatically dispatched via email on the same day they are received.

How to get a Police Check Victoria?

You can apply through an accredited agency like Australian National Character Check or via a local police station in Victoria. If applying online, the application process starts from filling out the online police check application form (instead of the conventional paper form), making payment and then uploading your identification documents online. The entire process can be completed under 12 minutes.

There is no difference in the legitimacy of a Police Check Victoria issued by Australian National Character Check and a Victorian police station. Applicants that apply through Australian National Character Check do however experience the substantial difference in speed and efficiency when obtaining their police check online. Majority of VIC police check results are returned to applicants within one to three business days. Results are emailed on the same day they are received. Overall, applicants save time and cost when applying for their Victorian police check online.

Why do I need a Police Check Victoria?

Most companies and volunteer organisations will not admit or employ a person without conducting a criminal background check. Requesting a police checks certificate for every new employee is in line with standard compliance policy for some organisations.

How long is a Victoria Police Check valid for?

The expiry period for a Police Check Victoria can only be determined by the party that requests it. A police check is a “point in time check” meaning it has no set expiry date. Most organisations in Victoria (VIC) don't accept a police check certificate that is older than three months. This timeframe for the expiry date will vary and will depend on each organisation's internal risk mitigation strategies. You should check directly with the requesting party about how old your police check certificate can be for them to accept it.

Can a VIC Police Check certificate take longer than 24 hours?

Whilst most online Victoria police checks are dispatched within 24 hours, issuance of a police check certificate to an applicant can take longer if Australian Police agencies see the need for a ‘manual review’. If required, checks get referred for manual processing automatically. A manual review may occur when a person has a name that is similar to someone in the country who has criminal history or is of interest to Australian police agencies. This process may lead to a delay in the applicant getting their certificate and can take anywhere from 1 to 15+ days. Our system will automatically dispatch your police check Victoria on the same day that it is received.

Unfortunately, it is beyond the scope of Australian National Checks to predict which application/applicants may be automatically referred for manual processing. Checks being referred for manual processing is most common for applicants who have commonly used names.

What will show up on a Police Check Victoria?

A Police Check Victoria contains a list of disclosable court outcomes (DCOs) and records such as court summons, court sentences, offences, and pending cases within Australia (if any). Offences are disclosed in accordance with the spent convictions scheme. They may include:

What will not show up on a Police Check Victoria?

Spent convictions in accordance with Australia’s spent convictions scheme will not be shown on a Victorian police check result.

An offence can be classified as spent if:

Other records that will not show up on a VIC police check result are:

Why institutions request for Police Checks in Victoria?

Victorian police checks provide a record of an individual’s criminal history (if any), and provide decision makers with important information for placing persons with vulnerable people or within a position of trust. Overall, the checks are aimed at improving community and workplace safety.

Accredited National Police Clearance Certificate for Victoria

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

The criminal record check issued by Australian National Character Check is valid nationwide and hence within Victoria (VIC).

A police check Victoria is actually a National Police Check. When you apply for a police check Victoria, in essence you are also applying for the following:

Police Check NSW
Police Check QLD
Police Check SA
Police Check Tasmania
Police Check NT
Police Check WA
Police Check ACT

Police Check VIC for business and workplaces

We provide a 100% online solution for businesses and workplaces to meet employer compliance requirements when hiring or recruiting new staff. Contact us today to find out how Australian National Character Check can help make your organisation safer and compliant.

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