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Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check

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A large number of organisations hiring for a paid or volunteer role require job applicants to provide a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. The check may become mandatory when the position you apply for involves trust, financial institutions or care of children, care of the aged and vulnerable.

Applying for any of the following positions/roles will be harder without a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check;
  • Aged care work with children and vulnerable groups
  • Volunteering, including most non-profit organisations
  • Firearm licensing
  • Occupation/Contract licenses
  • Work in financial institutions

What comes up on a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check?

Not only organisations but some government institutions need more background information about an individual to safeguard the life/properties of people under their care. A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) contains all Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCOs) of an individual. The Check results show all convictions, including traffic charges that lead to convictions and all pending charges.

How is a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check processed?

The NCCHC certificate is issued by the Australian Police authorities and federal government accredited agencies like Australian National Character Check.

There are two ways which you can apply for a criminal background check.

  • Local Police Station

    Begin your application by visiting the local police branch in your region and requesting the paper-based application form. Applicants then fill the forms and return to the police office for submission.

    However, this method may be time-consuming, stressful and slow.

    You can apply for, and get your Nationally Coordinated Criminal Check certificate within 24 hours through government accredited agencies.

  • Accredited Agencies

    An accredited agency like Australian National Character Check provides applicants with their authentic police check certificate. Most results are dispatched within 24 hours, with the remaining that get referred for manual processing taking longer.

    The application can be processed, completed and submitted online, and it takes less than 12 minutes to complete all fields. After payment and confirmation of details, your NCCHC result will be mailed electronically to you. You will also get a hardcopy sent to your mail if you prefer the option.

How to apply for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check

This national criminal history check compares the applicant's data against information available in the database of the national police checking service. Therefore a factor is the National Name Index. Before applying for your check, here are some data that will be required;

  • All names; including aliases and maiden names
  • Address(es) of all places lived for the past five years
  • Date of Birth
  • Four forms of identification documents and a biometric link to the documents
The steps of application include;

Step 1: Log on to the Australian National Character Check website for the online police check application form.

Step 2: After filling the required fields on the application, applicants are verified through the provided IDs and a check is run through the Document Verification Service (DVS).

Step 3: Australian National Character Check sends all applications through a secure portal to the National Police Checking Service system.

Step 4: The applicants' information is "run" against a stream of all the entire criminal database in the nation.

Step 5: Results are provided to Australian National Character Check (it either comes out as No Disclosable Court outcome (NDCO) or with a Disclosable Court Outcome (DCO).

Step 6: The Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check is complete and returned to the applicant.

What happens when there is a “Match” with my details?

When the Search Algorithm generates a potential match, it is referred to the relevant police agencies for further review. The review is then done manually and seeks to confirm if the "match" was circumstantial (due to similarities or errors in details) or correct. If the "Match" happens to be authentic, the officials proceed to vet the check manually.

Manual processing involves checking whether or not the convictions belong to the individual and then comparing the convictions against the applicants to the spent conviction legislation and information release policy. Here the police agencies decide what information can be released (DCO) following the purpose of the check and state's legislation.

Can my Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check be delayed past 24 hours?

Australian National Character Check returns the results for every national police clearance application on the same day they are received. However, if a check is flagged for “further review", it could delay the result by 2 to 15 working days. When this happens, Australian National Character Check cannot influence the process, nor do we know beforehand which application will be "flagged"

Our system provides steady updates to every applicant via the “Track a Check” feature on the website.

What is disclosed in my Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check result?

A Check result provides the record of all the release-able conviction of an individual including

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

What is not disclosed in the Check result?

  • Incomplete or abandoned charges
  • Diversion programs
  • Sentences that were given/served 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

Spent charges

Spent Findings will not show up on your NCCHC Check record depending on the state's legislature where the conviction is given. Spent findings are;

  • Offences older than 10 years committed by an adult
  • Offences older than 5 years committed by a child (3 years in NSW)

Where is the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check valid?

When you apply and receive your Australian Police Check result, it qualifies as a National Police Check certificate and is valid across all states and territories in Australia.

Your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check is valid in Queensland, Victoria, NSW, South Australia, ACT, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Wrapping Up

The Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) has become a government-approved requirement before employment in most sectors. Employers, institutions and agencies must protect the people, resources and region under their care. Australian National Character Check obviates the hassles of obtaining an NCCHC Check through our user-friendly online application portal.

We also provide all parties with pertinent information about obtaining checks and provide check results to approved parties.

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