The base price for an online criminal history check application for South Australia or Adelaide is $46.00.
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 online.
Results of the majority of Police Clearances in South Australia or Adelaide are dispatched to applicants within one to three business days. In the event it takes longer than this, it will have been forwarded to Australian police agencies for manual processing.
Criminal history checks for South Australian applicants that are referred for manual processing may take up to 15+ business days. Most employers in SA include a criminal record check as part of their preliminary screening process when hiring new employees.
A Police Clearance SA (South Australia) lists disclosable court outcomes released by all Australian police agencies. This includes convictions, sentences, penalties, and pending charges. This includes:
Findings of non-guilt, incomplete or dropped charges, traffic infringements not involving convictions (e.g., fines, cautions), diversion programs, penalties imposed by institutions or professional bodies, matters prosecuted by authorities other than the police, convictions overseas.
Spent convictions are also not shown on a national police record check depending on what state the convictions occurred in. Generally, a spent conviction is a criminal offence which is older than five years if convicted as a child, or an offence older than ten years in any other case.Convictions which are not eligible to be “spent” include:
Results on police clearance certificates dispatched to Adelaide applicants have no set expiry date, however the majority of employers do not accept a Police Clearance SA 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.