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Can I get a free police check?

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A Police Check result contains the criminal/police history of an individual, accredited by the Police authority under the State legislation. It is an individual nationwide certificate and requires an application fee depending on the purpose and check agency used.

Background Checks are one of the crucial documents an individual must submit to an organisation for vetting. Some of the purpose for which an individual may require a Police Check includes;

Free Police Checks?

1. Through the requesting organisation

Individuals and businesses would usually initiate their Police Check requests through an accredited agency like ANCC. Some individuals also approach their local police authority or the post office for a check. It is important to note that all checks come with a mandatory fee and it is therefore not possible to obtain a valid police check that is free of charge, or a free criminal history check.

If an organisation undertakes the Police checking of their employees or potential employees, they can choose to cover the entire or cover the partial cost for the Police Check. However, they must do this to the understanding and consent of the individual. It is one way an individual may get a free (or reduced price) on their Police Check application.

2. Police Check for volunteering

An individual who applies for a Police Check for volunteering purposes may have the cost for their Police Check reimbursed by the volunteering organisation.

Non-Profit organisations may also reach an agreement with Check agencies to provide reduced cost check results for their workers.

Also, an individual can conduct "basic" background checks through the internet. However, this is only suitable for personal use, and cannot be equated to a valid Police Check Australia.

Where can I get a cheaper application for a Police Check?

Different agencies charge different rates for a national criminal history check certificate.

A popular way to obtain a Police Check certificate is to apply online through accredited agencies such as Australian National Character Check. If you apply through our online portal, you can complete your application and payments in 10 minutes. Also, most applicants get their Police Check certificate mailed to them within 24 hours with the remainder that get referred for manual processing taking up 15 days.

The cost of a national criminal check for employment can range from anywhere between $41 to $55.


ANCC charges $48.90 for an online criminal history check.


Steps to Apply for a Police Check Certificate online; (organisations and Individuals)

  1. Using your internet-enabled device, log on to through a secure browser to the https://www.australiannationalcharactercheck.com.au/Police-Check-Application.html
  2. Select Start a New Check in the options and Proceed to answer the questions
  3. Choose the correct purpose of the Police Check (if you select a wrong option, you may have to pay for a new one). All these steps are simple (aids provided) on our completely online application platform. You can complete your Police Check application on our platform via a mobile device, PC or tablet with a working connection.
  4. Remit the stipulated fee using any of our advanced online paying options (PayPal, Credit card, Debit Cards, MasterCard, and co.)
  5. Fill the required fields correctly and carefully (including your preferred e-mail and mail address)
  6. Cross-Check the information you have provided before submitting

What shows up in my National Police Check?

A national criminal record check result is programmed to display an individual's conviction history depending on the purpose of the Police check. If you have received a free Police Check for volunteering, it is not interchangeable for other purposes like Licensing or Paid recruitments.

The convictions will also be related to the volunteering role you apply for.

A volunteer Children driver can be precluded from the volunteering service if he has a convictions history of child assault/molestation/violence. Same with how an applicant who applies for a financial role may find a detailed history of his convictions against corporate bodies (if any).

Some of the general offences that will appear in your Police Check are;

Offences that do not show up in a Police Checks are;

These offences are either not "serious" enough, related to an individual (role) appraisal or outside the jurisdiction of the Australian/Commonwealth court.

How long do police checks take to expire?

In regards to the validity of a national police check, it is important to note that a police check is a Point-in-time check; it is valid from the point of issue until when you request an updated Check. However, while a Police Check has no set expiry date, most organisations will not accept a Police Check older than three (3) months.

Furthermore, most organisations generally request an updated Police Check from their employees over specific periods. So, your employer may ask you to present updated Police Check certificates that say “every 2 years”.

Employees should also request an updated Police Check and inform the company if they get a new court conviction within that "waiting period" of the organisation.

Where is a Police Check valid?

Whether you got a subsidised Police Check or a fully paid check, it contains the same information as the processes it goes through is the same. The Police Check is a nationally valid document that contains all the conviction and sentencing history and records of the applicant in all the States and Territories.

A Police Check may also be referred to nationally as a

The check is valid for use in the following Areas of Australia:

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