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How can I get a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check in New South Wales? (NSW)

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Getting a nationally coordinated criminal history check is easier and faster than you may think. Since Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks have become a necessary requirement for recruitment, licensing, probity and co, lots of methods of application are now available.

However, the simple method of applying for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check is through the online application method. Accredited agencies like the Australian National Character Check also help individuals and approved businesses to obtain valid Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks online easily.

Applicants based can can get further information and start a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check here: Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check

Applying through the online portal of accredited agencies

When you apply online via Australian National Character Check, you will fill and submit an online-based form. The entire procedure, including the payment, can be completed via your PC, Tablet or mobile devices.

Applicants who apply through our online portal receive an electronic (valid) copy of their NSW Criminal History Check within hours. There is also an option of hardcopy.

All applications/data submitted via our portal is transferred through a secure server.

Our portal allows all applicants to apply for their Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check stress-free, and get their results ASAP.

To apply for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check online;

  1. Using your internet-enabled device, log on to the https://www.australiannationalcharactercheck.com.au/Police-Check-Application.html
  2. Click on the Start a New Check in the options and Proceed to answer the questions.
  3. Fill (completely) the required fields correctly and carefully, including your preferred and valid e-mail and mail addresses.
  4. Provide the Identification documents (4) needed to vet your data.
  5. Confirm all information you provide before submitting.
  6. Select the purpose of the police check (Probity, Paid employment, and co). If you select incorrectly, you will have to pay for a new one.
  7. Remit the stipulated fee that appears using any of our advanced online paying options - PayPal, Credit card, Debit Cards, MasterCard, and co

Applicants should note that Australian National Character Check is not affiliated with the NSW Police Force and if applicants wish to apply via a state or territory police force, they must obtain one directly through their website.

What are the Identification Documents you need to get an NSW police check?

When applying for a police check, you need certain documents (usually 4) to complete the application process. These four documents divided into three categories will help the National Check Database vet, confirm and carry out a proper Checking of your Police or Criminal history records.

When filling the form, you must provide all of these categories of IDs for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check;

    ✔ One (1) Commencement of ID document (Australian Birth Certificate, Australian Passport, Visa, Identity documents, and co.)

    ✔ One (1) Primary Use in Community Document (Valid driver’s License, Marriage Certificate, Passport, Government issued Photo ID Card, and co.)

    ✔ Two (2) Secondary Use in Community Document; any two of (Medicare card, Bank Statement, bank card, Photo ID card, Certified academic transcript, and co.)

Via the entire document listed above, some information should be visible such as;

  • Your full name
  • Date of Birth
  • A verifiable photograph that should be present in any of the ID you provide.

Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks issued by Australian National Character Check are valid and authentic both within and outside of New South Wales.

Some roles that usually require a police check are;

  • 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
  • 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

What is shown in a police check New South Wales?

A police check for applicants in the state of NSW contains all Police and criminal records of an individual sourced from all the States Criminal database.

Offences that are releasable in a police check NSW is known as Disclosable Court Outcomes, and include;

  • Serious Charges
  • Good behaviour bonds
  • Pending trials and convictions
  • Court appearances
  • Sexual offences and related convictions
  • Traffic offences that lead to sentences
  • Warrants or court warnings
  • Finding of guilt with no convictions

Offences not disclosed in a police check in the state of NSW?

Some offences do not show up in your police check certificate. These offences usually fall out of the jurisdiction of the NSW and commonwealth or are “invalid”. Some of these offences are;

  • Incomplete or abandoned charges
  • Diversion programs
  • Sentences that are given abroad
  • Traffic infractions that do not culminate in convictions (cautions, warnings, fines)
  • Penalties from third- party institutions
  • Offences prosecuted by authorities outside the Police Jurisdiction.

Who can apply for a police check?

The Australian Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check is available to all persons who are based or within other areas of Australia that want to;

    ✔Apply for a paid role (especially in sensitive positions) – Teaching, aged care, Fireman, and co.

    ✔Apply for real estate, driving license, and co.

Expiry date for a police check

A police check just like all other Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks is point-in-time checks with no explicit police check expiry date. They are valid from the point of issue to the present.

However, most organisations or agencies do not accept police checks that are older than 3 months.

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