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When do I need a nationally coordinated criminal history check?

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The Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check document has become an important background check in Australia and for a number of job roles, it is a nationwide requirement. In some sectors/conditions, the government mandates that all individuals in the particular (regulated activity) must present an updated Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check.

Why do I need a check?

Since it is a nationwide scheme and is mandatory for certain purposes, it is not a bad idea to get yours when applying for employment. Most people will require it for specific needs like;

  • Probity and other non-paid services

If you want to work in any State/Territory in Australia, especially in a child or vulnerable persons related role, you must submit a valid police check and present it to the recruiting organisation.

It applies to;

    ✔ Teachers

    ✔ Students / work placements

    ✔ Nanny

    ✔ Persons that have contact with children or vulnerable populations (A working with children check “WWC” may also be required).

    ✔ Aged care

    ✔ Vulnerable and minor caregivers

    ✔ Health placements

    ✔ Legal services
  • Licenses and related purposes

There are some licenses that you can never obtain without a valid Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check certificate. These licenses are considered as “serious” or borders on the sensitive activities of every person’s life.

Licenses offer the holder in some cases unlimited rights to a certain service or commodity. Therefore we understand how serious such commitments are to an individual. A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check will help the agency/license issuer decide if an individual is “good enough” for the license.

A background check will also build trust between two contractual parties in many cases

Some of these licenses include;

    ✔ Real Estate licenses

    ✔ Construction/Maintenance license

    ✔ Licenses to operate in some financial-related roles

    ✔ Professional services licenses
  • Accreditations and Admission to professional bodies

Some roles or sectors may require you to get accreditation before you begin operations. Also, in some States/Territories you must be admitted into the professional body/council/organisation before you start operations in those roles.

Some of such roles include;

  • Paid employment and other jobs

Many private and municipal organisations will require individuals to submit a nationally coordinated criminal history check (NCCHC police check).

In addition to the legislation on Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks for particular job roles like background checks for aged care employment, some of the employers consider an NPC as an important part of their company's internal risk mitigation strategy.

Therefore, you may also need to apply for a NCCHC police check if you want to apply for a role in any of them;

    ✔ Legal adviser

    ✔ Health consultant

    ✔ Teacher

    ✔ Public vehicle driver

    ✔ Truck and delivery drivers

    ✔ Tradespeople

    ✔ Cleaners

    ✔ Bus operators

    ✔ Fireman services

    ✔ Gaming industry roles

    ✔ Financial services and roles

Know your Police/Criminal record details online

Although trivial for some, some people apply for an online Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check via ANCC to confirm their police/criminal records.

The knowledge may help them choose the job/role they apply for, and make a wiser judgment when applying.

When should an individual apply for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check certificate?

We advise anyone who needs a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check document to apply before they need it.

In ideal circumstances, applicants should apply for their police check at least one month before they intend to submit the result to the requesting party.

However, you can apply for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check whenever you need it. Our online portal at ANCC is open all the time, and we provide you with a swift response during business hours.

How long does a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check take?

When applying for a police check, there are two main methods you can complete the application;

  • The local police station

Here; the entire application process, including completing and submitting the applications, may be partly in person. Also, results generally take around two weeks before the applicants receive them via post.

  • Online portals of accredited service providers

Service providers like Australian National Character Check (ANCC) provide applicants with valid results of Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks.

The process on this online platform means that you can register comfortably via your PC, Tablet or Mobile device connected to the internet.

On average, people complete the online application in about 14 minutes (including verification and payments).

When you apply via ANCC, most checks are dispatched within 24 to 48 hours, with the remaining that get referred to police agencies for manual processing of their checks taking up to 15 business days.

How do national background checks help decision makers?

All employers and decision makers are encouraged to adopt Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks as an internal risk mitigation strategy. By studying the applicant's Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check document, decision makers can decide if a person is suitable for the role and for contact with members of the community.

Customers want to be assured that their investments and trust are in the right place. Also, employers owe staff and customers an assurance that their working environment is safe for everyone.

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The online application form can be completed in a few minutes online. 70% of results are dispatched in 24 hours. Approximately 30% can take longer than 15 days due to a 'potential match'.


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All of our staff are based in Canberra, ACT. All data is stored securely in Australia. Each application is checked in accordance with Federal Government guidelines. Support staff are available from Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM.


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A nationally coordinated criminal history check is valid in all States and Territories of Australia.

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