Criminal Record Check

criminal record check
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A criminal record check (also called a national police check or police clearance) is provided by the Australian government, through an Accredited Body or police agency, that lists any disclosable court outcomes associated with an individual. Also known as a National Police Check or a National Criminal History Record Check, you are most likely to be asked to provide a copy of this before undertaking a new employment or contract opportunity. When you apply for your criminal record check through Worker Checks, you’re offered access to a completely online application process, returning your criminal record check in as little as an hour, not weeks.

70% of police checks are processed and available in your Worker Checks portal within 1 hour. However, 30% of the time, applications are flagged for further processing, known as ‘manual review’. For more information on Police clearance delays please read this article

Traditional application processes can include trips to the post office, formal signed sightings of your identification, potential mistakes on your paper forms which leads to additional time and possibly more money spent on a new application, as well as the standard waiting times of many weeks for your certificate to arrive by mail. We offer fast, convenient and affordable criminal record checks for both individuals and for our corporate clients. 

How can I check my criminal record online?

If you are an individual and would like a copy of your own criminal record check, then you need to apply for a copy of your National Police Check (NPC) issued by a registered provider. There are a couple of ways in which you can apply, such as through your local post office or police station.

Using Worker Checks, you access a fast-tracked process which can return your certificate to you in a matter of minutes, not weeks. Our process is fast, efficient, convenient and affordable. You can complete everything you need through our online process, including verification of your identification online.  Our system is a secure online portal with formal accreditation by the Australian government to collect and process applications for criminal record checks. Once your application is received, you’ll receive email, and notification in your Worker Checks personal portal with confirmation letting you know that your application is being processed.

What is included in my police check?

This check will list any disclosable court outcomes received across all of the states and territories of Australia up to the issued date of the certificate, as determined by the relevant police agencies. The most common reason for a national police clearance is in relation to employment requirements for businesses, departments and organisations. You may also be requested to provide a criminal record check if you intend to serve as a volunteer for an organisation such as the Rural Fire Service. 

Some positions and departments which require a criminal record check will arrange to have this done on your behalf. If you have been instructed to provide your police clearance before you commence work, or you have an offer of employment pending your clearance certificate, then you are going to want to have your criminal record check ready to send. That’s where we can help. We can deliver your criminal record check to you faster than if you applied via the paper forms on your own.

It is also worth checking exactly what you need your national criminal history check for. If you have been told to obtain a national police check for any processes related to a visa status or approval, you should double check exactly what kind of national criminal history check you are required to provide. Usually, for any government requirements relating to your visa status or its approval, your criminal history check must be only obtained from the Australian Federal Police (AFP). An  AFP Police Check can also be obtained from Worker Checks. Click here if you are unsure which check you need.

The AFP criminal check is a different check associated with visa or immigration purposes. Always ensure that you double-check with the requesting organisation before you start the application process. Our Australian based customer service team can help you differentiate between the type of check you need to provide so feel free to jump online and chat with a friendly team member.

How long does a police check record check last?

There is no specific period of time that your criminal record check is actually valid for. The check provides any disclosable history obtained in NSW, WA, VIC, SA, QLD, NT and ACT up to the point in time that the certificate has been issued. For example, if you are a resident of New South Wales or Western Australia but were convicted of a traffic offence in Victoria six years ago, your criminal record check may include the details of that offence.

Pending disclosable court outcomes may be listed on the criminal record check. For this reason, most organisations which request an initial criminal record check will likely have a protocol in place which mandates regular, updated criminal record checks. This might be every six months, every twelve months or every two years. Worker Checks takes the hassle away by offering you an affordable, accessible portal where you can arrange for a police check online, in your own time. 

If you are a corporate client in need of fast and reliable criminal record checks for your employees, we can provide you with a cost-effective solution that helps you to streamline your business or organisation’s security obligations. Worker Checks is about offering all of our clients reliable and secure access to a faster and more convenient way of obtaining their up-to-date criminal record checks at an affordable price. Save time by using our completely online application process which is available to you 24/7. Don’t stand in line at the post office trying to get your photocopied ID approved following weeks waiting by the letterbox for your certificate to arrive. Choose Worker Checks for the fast and easy option and complete your application online in as little as 5 minutes.


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