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Police check for WA residents

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Are you based in Western Australia (WA) and need a police check? Get your police check online now.

The check issued by Australian National Character Check - ANCC® is valid for employment, licensing and probity purposes.

ANCC® is an industry leading provider of employment background checks for residents based in Western Australia (WA).

The application form is online and can be completed securely from your computer, mobile or tablet.

70 percent of police checks are returned to applicants in Western Australia (WA) within 24 hours. Approximately 30 percent of checks may be referred to one or more police agencies (including police agencies of other states and territories outside of WA) and can take longer than 10 business days to be returned.

The check issued by ANCC® is formally referred to as a nationally coordinated criminal history check. Our check is valid throughout Australia.

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

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

Why use ANCC?

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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Guaranteed to be valid Australia wide

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

What does a police check result look like?

The check results are provided on an approved template that is consistent with the requirements of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).

The certificate layout and sample result of a nationally coordinated criminal history check can be found on the ACIC website.

A nationally coordinated criminal history check lists an individual’s disclosable court outcomes (DCOs) sourced from the databases of all Australian police agencies.

Why do I need a police check in WA?

A number of employers and decision makers in WA request for a person to provide a police check before granting admittance or employment in a position of trust.

The police check is commonly used as a risk mitigation process and helps to ensure that persons in charge of decision making provide a secure environment for their staff, customers and other stakeholders.

How long is a police check valid for in WA?

A police check issued to residents in WA is a ‘point in time check’. This means the check has no set expiry date.

The check can be requested by a third-party like an employer or decision maker who makes the check valid for as long as the organisation deems it suitable.

Most employers and decision makers in WA do not accept a police check that is older than three (3) months.

How can I obtain a police check in Western Australia?

If you are required to get a police check in WA, there are a few options.

Option One - You can apply online through an ACIC accredited body like Australian National Character Check (ANCC). Here you will complete a simple and comprehensive online application form.

The information you will need to provide for the nationally coordinated criminal history check application includes and is not limited to:

  • Name, D.O.B, residential address history;
  • Contact information (phone, email);
  • Identification documents as stipulated on the application form. (Commencement, Primary and Secondary ID documents, and a biometric self photo (selfie) to demonstrate liveness).

Applicants are guided throughout the application process by instructions that are provided on the online application form. There is also Live Chat customer support available to all applicants.

The Australian National Character Check customer support team is based in Canberra, Australia.

Applicants should note that the check on the ANCC® website is formally referred to as a nationally coordinated criminal history check.

Option Two - You can obtain a police check directly from the Western Australia Police Force by accessing their website.

Can a police check for residents in WA take longer than 24 hours?

It should be noted that the majority of police checks (around 70 percent) are dispatched to applicants within 24 hours after successful completion of the online application and informed consent form.

Around 30 percent of checks will be automatically referred for manual processing by the national police checking service.

Checks referred for manual processing to one or more police agencies can take longer than 10 business days to be returned due to the manual nature of this process.

ANCC’s software system automatically dispatches results on the same day they are received.

Applicants must allow sufficient time for their result to be processed in the case their application is referred for manual processing.

It is important to note that Australian National Character Check cannot speed up the processing time for a check that is referred for manual processing. The time it takes to process an application is entirely dependent on Australian police agencies.

The processes followed by the police are in the interests of community safety and they cannot be rushed.

Process when applying for a police check in WA

The process of applying for a nationally coordinated criminal history check in WA through Australian National Character Check is simple and straightforward. The process is as follows:

  • Search and visit the homepage of the ANCC website. Press the green ‘start a police check’ button;
  • Fill out the basic information requested on the online application form. This will include your legal name and the purpose of the check;
  • Make payment through PayPal, Debit or Credit card;
  • Provide other personal information as required on the application form;
  • Upload, verify and confirm identity documents and biometrics;
  • Provide informed consent. If the applicant is under 18, a parent or guardian will need to provide the informed consent;
  • Submit your application and informed consent form;
  • ANCC’s verification staff based in Canberra, ACT will review your application and identification documents. If the application or identification is not compliant with government guidelines, the applicant will be sent a request for further information by email;
  • If the application is compliant with government guidelines, the application will be forwarded to the national police checking service’s system for a result;
  • Receive the police check result via email. If the applicant requests a hard copy certificate during the application form then it will be posted to their nominated residential address.

ANCC® Business Portal for business and government organisations in WA

Are you a HR worker for a business or government organisation that is based in WA? Australian National Character Check provides software solutions for businesses and government organisations to carry out employment background checks when hiring or recruiting new staff.

The ANCC® Business Portal is used by Australian businesses and government organisations to obtain police checks for their workers.

Contact us today to find out how Australian National Character Check can streamline employment background checks for your workplace.

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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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