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Australian National Character Check (ANCC) provides Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks to financial sector workers Australia wide.
Most police checks are returned to applicants within 24 hours of completion.
Individuals can request checks online via ANCC’s online police check application form.
Business and Enterprise customers can streamline Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check requests through ANCC’s business portal. Contact ANCC’s business and enterprise partnerships team if you would like more information on signing up as a business customer.
Finance is the backbone and yet the most sensitive part of any organisation. Managing the assets of people, agencies, groups or corporations must be done with the highest level of professionalism and transparency. Therefore, the people who work in the finance sector of any organisation need to be vetted or "checked"
Crimes or Offences against corporate bodies, public funds, misappropriation, and co are considered serious offences in Australia. If anyone is convicted of such crimes, it may dent their chances of getting future roles in the financial sector.
As a company providing financial services (banks, audits, accounting firms), you must thoroughly and carefully assess the workers you employ. Your risk mitigation can also be as prudent as limiting important roles to employees with a clean record.
Furthermore, if you intend to work in any financial sector (banks, public accounts, treasury, and co), the Police Check is generally one of the recruitment requirements.
Even when a Police Check may not mean total proof of a financial crime, it is a step. It also projects your company as being intentional of the resources they manage.
A Police Check contains details of an individual’s Criminal History or Police records. The details of the convictions, charges or sentencing are sourced from the National Criminal database of Australia. So, if you have been convicted of financial or related offences, it will be included in your Police Check results.
The Australian Police authority issues valid checks to applicants depending on the State legislations where the Check was ordered.
When you apply for a Police Check, there are two possible outcomes you can get;
Disclosable Court Outcome: It shows that the individual has a previous conviction that is considered releasable by the State.
No Disclosable Court Outcomes: A Police Check can return with NDCOs if the individual has no convictions that are considered releasable (including Spent Convictions, and others stipulated by the court)
The best way to pass a Police Check is to abstain from any form of offences, including those against corporate bodies.
A Police Check is a legal certificate/assessment, and can only be obtained through accredited agencies like ANCC or through the local police authorities.
If you have to present a Police Check certificate, you can apply online through ANCC’s online application forms.
Applicants can access our online application service using their tablets, PC or mobile device. It takes just about 12 minutes to fill and complete the process. It is an online process.
All applications submitted through our online portal will get an electronic copy of their Police Check results within hours. It is considered to be the fastest means yet of obtaining a Police Check.
If you would like to request checks for other people at your workplace (employees and contractors) then you should contact ANCC’s business and enterprise support team to learn how you can open a business portal.
Local Police Authorities
Applicants can also apply for their Police Checks via the local Police office in their State and Territories. However, this process may require few visits to the location and a paper-based application form or to get documents certified.
When applying for a Police Check, always select the purpose of the Check. Police checks are not usually generic. There are checks for volunteers, financial and work-related purposes, aged care, and co. Organisations can refuse a Police Check if it is irrelevant to the role you apply for.
Since your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check certificate is to be used in the finance sector, state it during the application process.
A Police Check must be updated after a given period; it is usually stipulated by the requesting organisation depending on their risk mitigation strategy. A Police Check is a point-in-time check which is valid from the time of issue.
Most financial institutions/organisations will not accept a Check older than 3 months old. Therefore, before applying to any financial position, most applicants will obtain a Police Check,
The sensitivity of the finance sector means companies must be prudent in applying results and legislation regarding a Police Check. It is strongly advised to all financial institutions to request criminal record checks within respectable periods.
Also, if you are convicted of an offence during the waiting period before an updated Check, inform your company, and apply for an updated criminal record check.
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A Police Check application on the financial sector will most likely focus on convictions with related crimes such as;