Applicants can obtain a Northern Territory Police Clearance in the comfort of their home or within their workplace within Darwin or the rest of the Northern Territory state.
The online police check application can be completed using a mobile, tablet or PC. Applicants receive the police clearance certificate via email. An instant sms notification is also sent when the results of the Police Clearance NT have been dispatched via email.
The check is commonly used for persons within the town of Darwin and other areas within the Northern Territory.
The Police Clearance NT is in essence a national police check certificate and is valid in all states and territories of Australia. This includes: QLD, VIC, NSW, SA, ACT, WA, NT and TAS. The criminal clearance certificate can be used for employment, volunteering, licensing and registration purposes.
Results on police clearance certificates have no set expiry date, however the majority of employers do not accept a Police Clearance NT that is older than three months. A police record check is a point-in-time check, meaning that the results only reflect police records on the date they are released by each police agency.
Decision makers in organisations are responsible for determining how long police certificates are to be accepted as 'valid', based on their own risk management strategy and assessments.
A Police Clearance in Northern Territory lists disclosable court outcomes released by all Australian police agencies. This includes convictions, sentences, penalties, and pending charges. This includes:
The online police check application can be completed within a few minutes. After lodgement, over 70% of applicants get their police check certificate returned within one to three business days. The remaining get referred for manual processing and may take up to 15+ business days.
Due to spent convictions legislation, police agencies may only release criminal history records that relate to the purpose of the police check.
If you have an existing police clearance certificate, you need to consider when the certificate was issued and if the police certificate covers the specific risks of that role.
For example, if you have a national police check certificate for the purpose of “access to sensitive information” and you are being placed into a role with direct access to vulnerable people, then the original police check would not cover the new role and an updated Police Clearance NT is required specifying the new role.