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What identification documents do I need for a police check?

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It is now common for employers to demand a Police Check from potential employees or their staff. As it is now a mandatory requirement in many sectors, not having a Police Check may preclude you from a job opening, license, service rendering, volunteering or any other role you apply for.

Furthermore, applying for a police check has become so easy that our online portal at Australian National Character Check will provide you with a lot of useful information and actual issuance of the national criminal history check. The application can be completed within 12 minutes, and you have the freedom of applying with your mobile device, tablet or PC.

However, before you apply, there are certain documents (mostly 4) you must provide to complete the application process. These four compulsory documents divided into three categories will help ANCC to confirm your identity and assist the National Criminal Check Database to carry out proper checking of your police or criminal history records.

When filling the form, the following categories of IDs is required;

Via the entire document listed above, we must be able to verify the information provided such as;

Documents do not have your valid photograph

If any of the commencement and primary documents do not include a photograph, a passport-style photograph will be needed - and certified by a person listed in Schedule 2 of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993 (Cth).

In case of a Change of Name

If any of the documents you provide is addressed in your former name (if you have changed your name), you must provide evidence of a change of name. You could provide

All these should be provided in addition to the four documents you have produced above. It is important to note that church or celebrant-issued certificates will not be accepted as a legal document verifying any of the above.

Commencement of Identity Document

A Commencement of Identity document issued by the Australian government could be any of the following documents;

Primary Use in Community Document

For this category of documents, any of the following documents provided will be accepted such as;

Secondary Use in the Community Document

When providing the Secondary use document, you will need to provide any two of the following valid forms of identification.

How to apply for the Police Check Australia

There are two methods to apply for a Police Check Australia, you can either apply through

Online application forms of Australian National Character Check (ANCC)

When you apply through the online forms of ANCC, you get the Police Check delivered to you mostly within 24 to 48 hours of completion. The remaining that automatically get referred for manual processing will take longer. The online process is convenient, safe and generally quicker for all applicants and even for an organisation.

Local police office

May requires physical trips to the Local Police office, and the process may be partly paper-based. Applicants may also need to get their identification documents certified or attested by an authorised person.

How to begin a Police Check application online;

The steps of application include;

Step 1: Visit the Australian National Character Check (ANCC) website for nationally coordinated criminal history check (NCCHC) applications

Step 2: Fill the required fields on the application forms, they are used by ANCC’s compliance team to verify the applicants through the required information and IDs

Step 3: ANCC will forward all applications through a secure portal to the National Police Checking Service system through a secure server

Step 4:The applicants' information is searched against a stream of the entire criminal database in the nation

Step 5: Result is provided to Australian National Character Check (it either comes out as No Disclosable Court outcome (NDCO) or with a Disclosable Court Outcome (DCO) and the details

Step 6: The Police Checking is completed, and a certificate returned to the applicant normally within 48 hours. Some checks that get referred for manual processing may take up to 15+ days.

Self photo (selfie) for a biometric link

When applying for a police check online, applicants are required to provide a biometric link to their identification documents and for the purpose of establishing “liveness”.

The self photo (selfie) with hand-written numbers as directed on the ANCC criminal history check application forms is a suitable biometric link.

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

A Police Check results contain all the release-able convictions of an individual (DCOs). Some of the convictions that will appear on a Police Check certificate are

What is not disclosed in the Check result?

Spent charges

Spent offences are struck out of your national criminal history check certificate depending on the state legislature where the conviction was given. Some of the conditions that may qualify an offence to be Spent are;

All these conditions remain valid as long as;

Why is a Police Check important?

A criminal background check is not just important to the government and the corporate world; it is also useful to decision makers for every day "informal" contracts.

Police Check helps to keep communities safer. Drivers, for example, need a Police Check before they can proceed to apply for a driver accreditation or licensing.

Non-profit organizations need volunteer police checks to assess the “intentions” of the persons they hire through previous convictions, offences and charges.

A criminal record check helps people to employ the right people for domestic services such as; Home tutors, nannies, caregivers, cleaners, real estate agents, and so on.

Australian National Character Check (ANCC) assists and provides both individuals and businesses with a valid Police Check document.

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