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Australian National Character Check (ANCC) provides national criminal history checks for the purpose of charity and not for profit industry workers in Australia.
Most checks are dispatched within 24 hours after completion with the remaining that get referred for manual processing taking longer.
Individuals can apply for their police check using the online police check application forms.
The base price for a police check is $48.90 and applicants can pay securely online.
Charity and other not for profit organisations can streamline the ordering process for national police checks using ANCC’s business portal. Registration to the business portal is free of charge and there are no longer contracts.
There are various Checks available for organisations to assess the character or past behaviours of the people they employ. Some of them are;
A police check contains an individual’s list of Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCOs). The disclosure of convictions falls under the legislation of the State where the individual requests the Check.
A Police Check should always be requested in line with the roles or purpose of the Check. If you are applying for the role of a Volunteer caretaker, mention this as the purpose of your Police Check during application.
Enterprise customers can streamline the ordering, tracking, payments and results monitoring of national criminal history checks for their workers and volunteers.
ANCC’s police check business portal is a free to use service and there are no lock-in contracts.
Contact ANCC’s business and enterprise partnerships team to open an account.
Anyone who wishes to know their status in the criminal records and database can request a Police Check. Also, since most job/volunteering applications list a Police Check as part of the screening requirements, an applicant may obtain a Police Check related to the roles they are applying for.
A Police Check will display details of all your convictions in Australia except Spent/Annulled convictions. These convictions are called the (DCOs) because they are considered releasable by the State. Some of the convictions you can expect to see include and are not limited to;
Some offences/charges don’t show up in your Australian Police Check certificate for various reasons. All pending charges before the court are not included in your check. Offences that are considered “spent” do not also come up in your Police Check, and therefore will not be used against your volunteering application.
Some of these offences are;
The national criminal history check has become the most trusted and vital documents of most organisations and agencies before employment. Therefore, before requesting a Police Check, you should inquire about the details and method of request.
A Police Check is valid from the time of issue and contains all updated criminal records of the individual up until that point. It is a point-in-time check that remains valid till when an updated check is requested.
However, most non-profit organisations will refuse checks older than 3 months depending on their risk mitigation strategy. It is always advisable for volunteers to request updated Checks before applying for a new role.
The requesting organisation/employer will inform you about the validity period before you provide an updated check. If you are convicted of an offence during this period, you should inform the organisation with an updated check.
While some documents may be limited by States or Territories borders, the national criminal background check certificate is valid and the same anywhere in Australia. Although the formatting of the certificate may vary across the States and Territories, the information is relevant nationally.
A Criminal Record Check conducted in any state will contain all previous convictions in all state and territory records in Australia.
So if you relocate, and want to continue volunteering in another State, your Police Check remains a valid document. However, your Police Check is not transferable among different volunteer organisations or role types; Police Checks are contingent on the purpose/need.
The national criminal background check is valid in the following states and territories:
✔ Police Check in New South Wales (NSW)
✔ Police Check in Victoria (VIC)
✔ Police Clearance in the state of Western Australia (WA)
✔ Police Check in Queensland (QLD)
✔ Police Clearance in South Australia (SA)
✔ Police Check in Tasmania (TAS)
✔ Police Check in the state of Northern Territory (NT)
✔ Police Check in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Depending on the role you are applying for as a volunteer, some organisations may request a Working with Children/Vulnerable Check (WWCC/WWVC).
The WWCC is quite different from the Police Check. It also aids organisations to determine the suitability of an individual when working in roles that involve proximity to minors.
A Volunteer teacher, nanny or Health practitioners must undergo these Checks before they are admitted into the non-profit organisation. However, not all States and Territories have a matured Working With Children Check system.
A Working with Children Check is not an "all-round" check like the Police Check and only screen for offences that indicate previous/pending repulsive actions against children. Some of such offences are;
It is not uncommon for people to immigrate to Australia with the aim of volunteering. However, it may become tougher for organisations to scrutinize or assess the applicant. However, non-profit organisations can still apply some other un-orthodox means for vetting their international applicants. They may;
Presently, the legislation for commonwealth or government funded/supported non-profit organisations mandates that all volunteers must provide an updated Police Check every three years. Updated Police Checks may be obtained from accredited agencies like Australian National Character Check (ANCC) or the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
However, other details may vary across the different States and Territories in Australia.
Non-profit organisations must protect all who they administer and bring help to. A Police Check remains a sound and valid document to assess a volunteer's suitability for the role they are applying for (especially with vulnerable groups).
Lastly, the government may require an assessment of a non-profit organisations risk mitigation strategy before providing funding, grants, exemptions or incentives