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Police check validity

How long is a police check result valid?

There is no standard timeframe that a police check result is valid for. A police check is considered a ‘point in time’ check only, which means the results only reflect police records on the date and time the result is released. The organisation that requires the police check will typically determine the timeframe acceptable for a police check result to be valid, based on their own risk assessment or operational requirements.

Is a police check result valid for multiple reasons or jobs?

No. A police check is not suitable for reuse for multiple purposes. For example, a police check conducted for the purpose of becoming a volunteer netball coach cannot be used later to apply for a job as an administration officer. This is because the purpose identified on the police check application may be used to determine what (if any) police information is released, based on the various state and territory spent convictions legislation and information release policies that apply.

Additionally, a police check is considered a ‘point in time’ check. This means an applicant can receive a no disclosable court outcome (NDCO) result one day, and then be charged or convicted of a crime the following day. Charges or convictions that occur after the police check result has been issued are not captured on the applicant’s existing police check, deeming the result unsuitable for reuse.