A Police Check with the Australian Federal Police provides information on an individual’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police jurisdictions, for specific purposes such as: seeking employment with the Commonwealth Government, Immigration, overseas employment and more.

How long does an AFP Police Check take?​​

Most AFP Police Checks are returned within 15 business days from the applicant’s date of submission. This includes time for the Australian Federal Police to obtain information from other police jurisdictions.

What data is collected?​​

In order to process an AFP Police Check, the applicant is required to provide the following documentation and information:

  • A minimum of 100 points identification (at least one document must be a primary ID)
  • Personal contact information
  • Residential history for the past ten years

What results can be found on an AFP Police Check?

An AFP Police Check will detail any disclosable court outcomes or pending charges which are released in accordance with Federal, State and Territory legislation including the Crimes Act 1914 (Commonwealth) and the Spent Convictions Act 2000 (A.C.T.).

What is the difference between an Australian Federal Police National Police Check and a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check?​

An AFP Police Check and a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check differ in their uses. In most instances, such as for employment purposes, you will only need to obtain a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check.

In special circumstances, such as for immigration or visa related purposes, an Australian Federal Police Check is required.

The AFP National Police Check can only be conducted for:

  • Residents of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Jervis Bay Territory and external Commonwealth territories
  • People seeking employment with the Commonwealth Government
  • People requiring a check under Commonwealth legislation
  • Australian immigration purposes
  • Where the applicant resides overseas
  • Overseas employment
  • Overseas adoption
  • Visa applications for overseas travel

If you do not meet these criteria, you will need to complete the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check.

Can an AFP police check be conducted without consent?​

A check can only be conducted with the consent of the applicant. In doing so, they are consenting to the specific purpose of that check. If the applicant requires a check for a different purpose, they must provide their informed consent again. Under certain and limited circumstances, a police check can be conducted without consent for law enforcement, immigration and administration of justice purposes.

Who has access to the AFP police check result?​

Only authorised staff who form part of the police check assessment process may have access to an applicant’s personal information and police check result. For example:

  • Authorised police staff involved in the police check assessment process
  • Authorised staff of the accredited agency, ProbityPeople
  • Authorised staff of the employer, with the applicant’s informed consent​

Can the AFP police check result be disputed or appealed?​

When an applicant believes the result of their AFP police check is incorrect, it may be disputed or appealed through ProbityPeople. The disputed results will be investigated, and the applicant will be advised of the outcome by ProbityPeople.

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