Laws exist in Canberra and other Australian cities that prevent some people with a criminal record from working in particular employment roles.
Depending on the nature of the criminal record, industries that might screen and restrict the employment of people with criminal records include and are not limited to:
Australian Capital Territory businesses face risks if they hire persons without ensuring they have a clear Police Clearance, or at least an understanding of an applicant’s criminal record if they have one.
If applicants require a check that is issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) e.g. for immigration purposes, this can only be obtained directly through the AFP Website. Australian National Character Check is not affiliated with the AFP and applicants must obtain one directly through their website. Applicants should allow a minimum of 10 business days for an afp police check to be issued as it will arrive via post.
Our minimum age to obtain a Canberra Police Clearance is 10 years of age. If an applicant is under 18, a parent or guardian will be required to provide their informed consent as part of the online police check application.
Majority of criminal record checks for Australian Capital Territory applicants are returned to applicants within 24 hours (one business day). In the event it takes longer than this, it will have been forwarded to Australian police agencies for manual processing. All other remaining lodgements are processed in 10 to 15+ business days.
The base price for an online National Police Check application is $48.90. Applicants can securely pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Results are dispatched via email and an optional hard copy certificate can also be ordered.
Human resource managers can register with Australian National Character Check for free to create an account for the business customer portal.
The portal then sends the police clearance request to the applicant.
The manager can decide whether they will be paying for the police check online, or if the applicant will pay.
An applicant can also order their Police Clearance in the ACT directly through Australian National Character Check with a base cost of $48.90 and share the results with the requesting company. This is all completed with applicant’s informed consent.