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In Australia, whether you are an expert or a Student, a Driver or a Volunteer, a business owner or an operator, there is always a high chance that you will need a Police Check at one point. Almost every business and legal dealing in Australia involves a Police Check, which makes the application process a crucial question in Australia.
Before Starting your application process, you must know;
There are three common and standard methods of applying for the Police Check in Australia. The Checks issued by these service providers are not different except in the seal or stamp of issuance that distinguishes between all mediums.
Candidates can apply for a Police Check using the popular online portals of accredited service providers like Australian National Character Check (ANCC). Applying online is generally convenient and time efficient, as candidates can get their Police Check certificate within 24 to 48 hours of applying unless their check is referred for manual processing in which case it will take longer.
The online application can be completed using an internet-enabled device, including; P.C., Tablet or Mobile device. It means even a tight schedule cannot prevent the candidate from getting their criminal history check certificate as long as they can access the online portal.
It also requires little time to Start and Complete a Police Check application done online; most candidates complete the Police Check application as quickly as within 15 minutes of application.
Pros of applying online
Cons of online application
The State and Territory police forces process all Police Check applications they receive through the local Police website. If you are applying through the police, you may need to get ready for a paper-based application and a visit to the police station to get identification documents certified or verified. However, some companies and agencies may request that you get the Police Check certificate from the local police force.
This medium of application generally takes between 10 to 15 business days before the candidate gets their result.
Pros of applying through the local police force
Cons of applying through the local police force
A number of candidates see the local post office as an alternative to applying through the local police force. This process will be a physical process if the applicant decides to visit their local post office to process the application.
The Post office helps the candidates to transfer their Police Check application to the national police checking service (NPCS) and receive their completed Police Check certificate. The applicant must accurately fill their informed consent forms and include copies of their verification I.D.
Pros of applying via the post office
Cons of applying via the post office
Of all three popular and standard methods of applying for the Police Check, the Online application method tends to be the most convenient and quickest way to receive your result.
You can complete the Online application quickly by following the steps;
If you request the hard copy, it will be forwarded to your submitted postal address.
An approved employer or third-party organisation can order, manage and track a Police Check on the candidate they wish to employ or admit to a volunteer role via the ANCC Business Portal. Australian National Character Check handles the application form and informed consent form with the applicant.
All applications are completed with the informed consent of the applicant.
Organisations or decision makers that apply for access to the ANCC business portal for criminal history checks undergo a process of approval.
Employers can help their candidate obtain a Police Check through the following steps;
The ANCC offers services like the accessible business portal that allows employers to streamline the Police Check process and manage the Police Check applications of their candidates.
The organisation must state and list the name of all the applicants they want to do a criminal background for. The organisation only "Invites" the applicant to complete the Police Check application; it does not do the Check for the applicant.
Only the candidate can complete a Police Check application that the employer or the organisation "Started."
The employer or organisation can also track the Police Check application process using the "Track a Check" option of the ANCC. It allows the organisation to estimate the progress of a Police Check.
Approved organisations or employers that do a police check via the business portal can view the criminal history check results of their candidates and make decisions accordingly.
No, the Police Check result is a nationwide compilation of the applicant's data on the Australia Criminal database. The online Police Check result for the purpose of employment, volunteering, licensing and registrations is not different from a Police Check obtained through the local police force.
All Police Check results are sourced from a central government database.
The Police Check is conducted based on the purpose of the candidate;
If you are an individual, you can obtain a national criminal record check certificate online via Australian National Character Check’s police check application and informed consent form. The results are dispatched via email.
Business and Enterprise Customers
Business and Enterprise customers are able to sign up to ANCC’s business portal where they can order, manage, track and view candidates’ criminal history check results on their business portal. Organisations will undergo a process for approval prior to being granted access to ANCC’s business portal.
ANCC sends an invite to the applicant to complete their criminal record check online and handles the application and informed consent form. Contact ANCC’s business and enterprise partnerships team today to enquire about setting up a business portal for your organisation.
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