A National Police Check provides information on an individual’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police jurisdictions, subject to relevant spent convictions/ non-disclosure legislation and/or information release policies.
How long does a National Police Check take?
Most National Police Checks are returned within 24 hours from the applicant’s date of submission. In the case where a police check will need to be referred to a police agency, the police check may take up to ten working days or longer, depending on the intricacy of the check.
What data is collected?
In order to process a National Police Check, the applicant is required to provide the following documentation and information:
- A minimum of four identity documents
- Personal contact information
- Residential history for the past five years
How does the service work?
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) work with Australian police agencies and accredited bodies to deliver the National Police Checking Service (NPCS).
ProbityPeople is an ACIC accredited agency which means we act on behalf of applicants to apply for and submit police checks. The ACIC entrusts us with direct access to the NPCS to play a vital role in helping safeguard the Australian community.
Once the application is lodged, the applicant’s details are checked against a national database to generate a potential match. If a potential match is flagged, those details are referred to the relevant police agency for further assessment. If the police agency confirms the applicant’s details do not match the police information, a ‘No Disclosable Court Outcome’ result will be provided.
What results can be found on a National Police Check?
A National Police Check will detail any disclosable court outcomes or pending charges incurred across all Australian police jurisdictions. This might include:
- Any conviction sentenced in court
- Details pertaining to the court, date and location related to the conviction
- Good behaviour bonds
- Traffic convictions
- Charges not yet convicted in court
- Findings of guilt by a court
What is the difference between a National Police Check and an Australian Federal Police Check?
A National Police Check and an Australian Federal Police Check differ in their uses. In most instances, such as for employment purposes, you will only need to obtain a National Police 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
Can a 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 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 ACIC staff to support accredited bodies and police agencies when processing the police check
- Authorised staff of the accredited agency, ProbityPeople
- Authorised staff of the employer, with the applicant’s informed consent
Can the police check result be disputed or appealed?
When an applicant believes the result of their 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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