A national criminal history check is a collation of police and conviction history information about an
individual (the applicant) that has been determined releasable by police agencies in Australia. It is also
referred to as a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC).
The criminal history check certificate collates disclosable court outcomes from all Australian states and territories in accordance with the Spent Convictions Scheme
The base price for an online criminal history check application is $46.00. Applicants can securely pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Results are dispatched via email and an optional hard copy certificate can also be ordered.
n the past, the main way in which someone could obtain a criminal record check was to go directly to the local police station. Generally, this process was slow and inefficient, and would often take longer than 15 days to obtain. Applicants can now complete their criminal record check application online in the comfort of their home or at their workplace. The entire online criminal history check application is now available online.
Whilst most employers and decision makers do not accept a criminal history certificate that is older than three
months, results on the national criminal history check have no set expiry date. Acriminal history check is a
point-in-time check, meaning that the results only reflect police records on the date they are released.
Decision makers such as employers are responsible for determining how long police clearance checks are to be accepted as 'valid', based on their own risk management strategy and policies.
Results of the majority of national criminal history checks are dispatched to applicants within one to three business days. In the event it takes longer than this, it will have been forwarded to Australian police agencies for manual processing. Criminal history checks that are referred for manual processing may take up to 15+ business days. Most employers include criminal record checks as part of their preliminary screening process when hiring new employees.
Our minimum age to obtain a national criminal history check is 10 years of age. If an applicant isunder 18, a parent or guardian will be required to provide their informed consent as part of the online police check application.
Please visit our business customer page for information on how employers can streamline their online police checks.