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Australian Police Check

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Among many of the background screening checks issued in Australia for many purposes (Employment, probity, licence, and co.; An important one is the Australian Police Check certificate.

Applicants can obtain a nationally coordinated criminal history check online. 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.

The Australian Police Check is also commonly referred to as a;

What is an Australian Police Check?

An Australia Police check certificate is issued by the national police checking service and contains disclosable court outcomes (DCO) outcomes of an individual (if any).

It is usually requested from the individual by a third party (recruitment, employment, licensing and co.) as part of their recruitment or procedures. In Australia, it may be mandatory to present an Australian Police Check for roles such as;

  • Roles that involve the care of children

  • Roles where the individuals will work in proximity/direct service to the “vulnerable” populations.

  • Teachers/professors

  • Rural Fireman Service

  • Financial roles

  • Aged care roles

  • Solicitors, welfare reps, and many others

  • Obtaining licenses for occupations or registrations such as Real Estate agents, Nurses and the rest.

  • When applying for commonwealth related jobs

  • For Adoption (must be applied via the Australian Federal Police).

What is shown in my Australian Police Check?

An Australian Police Check certificate is only issued on request by the individual. It contains sensitive information (releasable criminal records) of an individual.

If you apply for an Australian Police Check, here are some details that may be released in your certificate;

Disclosable Court Outcomes; the individual has a past conviction/charges to his records, and some examples are;

  • Convictions/Charges against corporate organizations

  • Sexually related offences

  • Traffic charges for which an individual is convicted

  • Sentences and Convictions

  • Pending court charges and offences

No Disclosable Court Outcome; the individual has no conviction or charge deemed releasable by the State and commonwealth jurisdiction. Therefore, no conviction shows up in the Australian Police Check.

Spent Charges are expunged from an individual’s National Police Certificate after some conditions are met, and according to stipulation from the law of the State jurisdiction.

The Conditions for an offence to be spent includes;

  • Ten (10) consecutive years of good behaviour has elapsed since the person was convicted of the crime (in an adult court)

  • Five (5) consecutive years of good behaviours have elapsed since the person was convicted of the crime (in a youth court/as a juvenile).

  • The person must not be convicted of a punishable crime during the waiting period (else the period restarts)

However, some offences will never be eligible as ‘spent’ such as;

  • Sexually related convictions

  • Convictions against corporate organisations and institutions

  • Convictions stated by the regulations,

  • Convictions for which a prison sentence of six or more is imposed

What is not shown on a Police Check certificate?

However recent or punishable these “offences” are, they won’t be shown on your Australian Police Check certificate;

  • Findings of non-guilt.

  • Convictions outside the country.

  • Diversion programs.

  • Spent Convictions

  • Punitive measures by third party institutions or other professional bodies/unions.

  • Offences outside the jurisdiction of Australian police agencies/courts

How do I get an Australian Police Check?

If you are applying for a role (especially a sensitive position) in Australia, you may be requested for an National Police Clearance result as a part of the recruitment process.

  • Accredited agencies

  • A convenient way to get your Australia Police Check is to apply through Federal government accredited agencies like Australian National Character Check. We return most check results of applicants within 24 to 48 hours electronically, with the remaining that get referred for “manual processing” taking longer.

    Applications can be completed in as little as 12 minutes through our online application portal. This process is the preferred choice for most applicants since it is simple, secured and stress-free.

    We also run a 24 hours service with swift response/communication throughout the application process during business hours.

  • Australian Police Station or Post Office

  • Applying through the local police in your region or through a post office is another option for getting your Australian Police Check. However, the application can only be completed paper based and in-person for now. Most applicants may be overwhelmed by the number of trips to their local police they have to make to get their Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check.

How long do I have to wait to receive my Australian Police Check result?

When you apply through Australian National Character Check online, all applications are completed, and results returned mostly within 24 to 48 hours.

However, an applicant’s data/application can be flagged for “manual review.” Manual review occurs when some/all data on an application matches records on the national Police Criminal database.

Note that a manual review is not equal to a finding of conviction or guilt to an offence. Many reasons can make an application to be flagged for manual review. Some reasons why applications are flagged for manual review are;

  • Common/Shared data, like Name; having common names like Williams, Douglas, Anita for example might lead to “confusion” in the search algorithm.

  • If you have also changed addresses frequently over a short period could also draw attention to your application.

  • Previous convictions on traffic offences (or other offences) can lead to your application being flagged in the Criminal Traffic Police Background Check Service for verification.

When the software flags an application, an official is required to review it. The manual review by the officer causes the delay in when an applicant gets their Criminal Background Check results.

No third party can know in advance if an application will be flagged for a "manual review" but the system does provide regular updates and feedback on the check via the track a check option on the website.

How long is my Police Check Certificate valid for?

An Australian Police Check certificate is a Point-in-time Check that remains valid from the point of issue. The Australian Police Check certificate is generally requested by a third party organisation or any agency. They can choose to reject a Check that has exceeded 3 months (most do) according to their internal risk mitigation strategy.

Your Australian Police Check is valid in all parts of Australia and is the same as a;

Steps to apply for the Australian Police Check

The Australian Police Check is based on the National Name Index comparison. It compares all the data you provide during the application with the information on the Police Criminal database. This is why you must verify and re-check the details you have provided in your online application form.

The information you will need to provide are;

  • All names; including aliases, monikers, and maiden names

  • Address (es) of all places lived over the past five years.

  • Date of Birth

  • Four forms of identification documents (refer to the identification document guide)

The steps to apply for your Australian Police Check via our online application system are;

Step 1: Log on to the Australian National Character Check website for the Australia Police Check application

Step 2: Complete the required field on the application form, and upload the required forms of IDs.

Step 3: The applicant must select the true purpose of the check (proposed position title and location of work).

Step 4: Applicants can pay the stipulated fee for the Police Clearance through any of our online payment methods (MasterCard, PayPal, Visa and co.)

Step 5: Australian National Character Check forwards applications through a secure portal to the National Police Checking Service system.

Step 6: The applicants’ information is compared against a stream of all the entire criminal database in the nation.

Step 7: Result is provided to Australian National Character Check (it either comes out as No Disclosable Court outcome (NDCO) or with a Disclosable Court Outcome (DCO) and the details.

Step 8: The Australian Police Check is completed and returned to the applicant via email. If a hard copy was requested then it gets posted via Australia Post to the applicant.

Why Employers request for an Australia Police Check

A number of organisations, institutions or agencies may be bound by law to be responsible for all resources, personnel, and properties in their custody. Criminal Record Checks helps companies to make prudent decisions during employment, and determine an individual's suitability for roles.

Employers can order checks via a police check business portal to streamline the ordering of pre-employment background checks. Contact us for more information about this.


The Australian Police Check is open to all residents of Australia, Citizens, and those with work visas.

Australian National Character Check provides updated and valid Checks for individuals and organisations. While organisations may choose to obtain a Check for their employees, and bear the cost, they must, however, obtain written consent from the individual bordering on the use of the Police Checks.

Make further enquiries on the purpose of the Police Check you need; Checks for immigration or Visa may only be issued/obtained via the Australian Police Force.