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Australian National Character Check™ (ANCC) is a provider of nationally coordinated criminal history checks in Australia and can help you to get your check online and fast.


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                            instant SMS updates when your police check result has been delivered to you.Instant SMS updates. Our system provides instant SMS updates when your police check result has been delivered to you.


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                            Canberra, ACT.Australian Support Team based in Canberra, ACT.


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70% of checks are returned within 24 hours. 30% of checks can take longer than 10 days

Our super fast online procedure means that 70 percent of police checks are returned to applicants within 24 hours. Approximately 30 percent of checks may be referred to one or more police agencies and can take longer than 10 business days to be returned, due to the manual nature of this process.

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Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check valid Australia-wide

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Complete your online Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check,
                            and verify
                            identity completely online.Complete your online Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, and verify identity completely online.


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                            the comfort of your home, at work, or on-the-go.Apply for Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check in the comfort of your home, at work, or on-the-go.


Complete the nationally coordinated criminal history check
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                            using your computer, mobile device or tablet.Complete the nationally coordinated criminal history check anywhere using your computer, mobile device or tablet.


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                            simple.No more waiting in queues to get your identification documents certified. Using the latest in technology and security, our SmartID™️ system lets you avoid the hassle of dealing with paper forms. Obtaining a police check is now simple.

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Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks Online


Australian National Character Check (ANCC®) makes obtaining Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks simple and fast. Most Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks are returned to applicants with 24 to 48 hours of completion. The remaining that get referred for manual processing may take up to 15+ days.

Police checks are instantly dispatched on the same day they are received via email. Applicants are also given the option to request an optional hard copy certificate.

Police checks issued by Australian National Character Check (ANCC) are valid for employment, probity, licensing and accreditation purposes.

Checks for the purpose of Visa or Immigration must be applied for via the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

There is no difference in the legitimacy of a police check issued by a local police station and Australian National Character Check. Applicants may notice small differences in the formatting of the certificate, however both are equally valid.

Applicants that apply through ANCC® do however experience the substantial difference in speed and efficiency when obtaining their police check online. Majority of police checks are returned to applicants within 24 to 48 hours. Results are emailed on the same day they are received. Overall, applicants save time and cost when applying for their Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks online.

What is a police check?

A police check has become one of the most important certificates that decision makers ask a person to present before granting them any serious appointments or services. It helps decision makers to make “well-informed” decisions about an individual or their tendencies to obey rules and regulations.

A police check contains all the Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCOs) of an individual, under the state or territory’s laws and jurisdictions.

If you have ever been convicted of an offence or charged to court (juvenile and adult), these records may show up on your police check.

When an individual applies for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, it can come out as either of two results:

Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCOs)

Criminal records, convictions, charges, and other offences that are deemed releasable.

Non-Disclosable Court Outcomes (NDCOs)

If there is no finding of a “releasable” offence, or the individual has clean records onthe National Police and Criminal Database.

How long is a police check valid for?

A police check is a point-in-time check and has no set expiry date. It remains valid from the point of issue till an updated check is required.

Police checks reflect criminal history up until the date of issue (point-in-time-check).Most companies, organisations or individuals will not accept Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks that are older than 3 months for new recruits, and 12 months for current (existing) workers.

Since a police check updates a person’s criminal status and helps the company make informed risk decisions, the government generally advises some firms/organisations to request updated checks from their employees within a respectable time-interval.

What identification documents do I need for a police check?

The Australian Federal Government made major changes to ID requirements for police checks since July 2018 as part of the National Identity Security Strategy. These changes replaced the '100 points' ID system that was traditionally in place.

Since July 2018, applicants must provide four identification documents and a biometric link to obtain a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. These include:

1 x Commencement ID, 1 x Primary ID, 2 x Secondary ID's, a biometric link betweenthe applicant and their ID documents. A self-photo "selfie" demonstrating liveness as instructed on the ANCC® website is a biometric link. All applicants must meet theminimum identity requirements regardless of which nationally coordinated criminal history check (NCCHC) provider they use.

Should an applicant find out that they do not meet minimum identification document requirements, they should approach their local government shopfront to get identification documents updated.

This means that you may need to obtain new documents, or have your existing documents changed to reflect your name correctly if they currently do not.

A complete checklist for identification documents required for Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checkscan be downloaded using the links below:

Police check identification document checklist (DOCX)

Police check identification document checklist (PDF)

How long does a police check take?

Australian National Character Check provides applicants with valid results of their Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check in as little as 24 to 48 hours upon completion of the online application form. The remaining checks that get referred for manual processing may take up to 15+ days.

You can comfortably apply via a PC, Tablet or Mobile device connected to the internet. On average, people complete the online application in about 15 minutes (including payment and ID verification).

Paying the prescribed fee is also easy through any of our efficient payment platforms such as; PayPal, MasterCard, Debit or Credit cards.

Can my police check take longer than 48 hours?

Around 85% of all the applications submitted through our online portal get their check results returned within 48 hours. The remaining 15% may be delayed due to incomplete registration or being flagged for “manual review”.

When an application is flagged for manual review, it does not mean the finding of a conviction. It could be as a result of other circumstantial factors like a common name or a name which is similar to one which has criminal history on the national police database.

If an application is flagged for manual review, an official from the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checking agency will have to give physical supervision and evaluate the process. This delays when an applicant will get their certificate by 2 to 15 working days.

Applicants should note that no agency can influence or know beforehand which application will be flagged for manual review. We can only provide more clarity to the process by providing you with details about your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check.

How much does a police check cost?

The base price for a police check is $48.90 AUD. Applicants can pay via PayPal, credit card or debit card.

In some circumstances, your workplace or requesting authority may reimburse the cost of your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. In other circumstances, applicants will be required to cover the costs of their own check.

Businesses and enterprises can sign up to our police check Business Portal to pay for police checks on behalf of their applicants.

I need a police check for employment

There are many reasons why a person may need a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check for employment purposes, and it must be correctly stated during the application process.

Australian National Character Check helps to provide valid check results to individuals who apply for jobs where it may be a requirement as part of their organization's internal risk mitigation policies.

I need police checks for Licensing or Accreditation

Furthermore, you require a police check certificate when you apply for licenses, accreditations and other public/personal services such as:

  • Driver accreditation and licensing (e.g. bus drivers, taxi drivers, hire car drivers, chauffeur drivers, rideshare drivers, etc.)
  • Transport Operators Licensing
  • Real Estate
  • Social caregivers
  • Other licenses that put you in constant interaction with the publics

I need a police check for immigration or visa purposes

Part of the numerous requirements for moving into Australia or renewing your Visa is to present an updated AFP police check.

Only the Australian Federal Police (AFP) can issue a valid AFP police check for visa or immigration purposes.

Australian National Character Check does not provide police checks for immigration or visa purposes.

Free police check

Some applicants ask whether it is possible to obtain a free police check. The short answer is no,it is not possible to obtain a free Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. All check requests come with a fee. Applicants can obtain a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check from ANCC® for a base price of $48.90.

Police checks are a statutory function of Australian police agencies and the rules set by the Australian federal government stipulate a fee for each check request.

Where is the police check valid?

When conducting a police check, the information provided by the applicant is compared to the data in the National Criminal Database and Australian Police records. It means that if you were convicted of an offence anywhere in Australia, it will reflect on the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. A police check issued by ANCC® is formally referred to as a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC). Other common names used by the general public may include Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, criminal history check, Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, crime check, etc. The check is valid in all states and territories of Australia including:

✔ The state of New South Wales (NSW)

✔ The state of Victoria (VIC)

✔ The state of Western Australia (WA)

✔ The state of Queensland (QLD)

✔ The state of South Australia (SA)

✔ The state of Tasmania (TAS)

✔ The territory of the Northern Territory (NT)

✔ The Territory of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

What shows up on a police check?

A police check contains charges, convictions, offences, good behaviour bonds, court sentences, and other findings of a legal Australian court that are deemed releasable (DCOs) under the State's legislation.

So if you apply for a check, here are some of the Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCOs) that may show up on your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check certificate:

  • Sexually related offences
  • Common assault
  • Fraud charges
  • Murder or manslaughter charges
  • Traffic charges for which an individual is convicted in a court
  • All Sentences and Convictions
  • Pending court charges and offences
However, some offences may be removed from an individual's police check if they meet certain conditions or under stipulations from the court or by State legislations.

Who can apply for police checks in Australia?

If you are a resident in Australia or simply want to work in Australia, you may need a police check to apply for jobs, licenses, permits and other applications.

police checks are open to:

  • All individuals aged 18 years and above
  • Persons under the age of 18 must seek the informed consent of their parent or guardian.

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