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I need a check on myself

To help protect the Australian community, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) works with Australian police agencies and accredited bodies to deliver the National Police Checking Service. The Service allows people to apply for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, commonly called a police check.

How do I get a police check?

The ACIC does not accept applications or submit police checks on behalf of individuals. We support the national IT system that allows Australia’s police agencies to process police checks and share information. We also accredit organisations to deliver the Service.

To get a police check, you can either:

Why might I need a police check?

A police check helps organisations make informed decisions about the suitability of applicants for a range of employment, registration or licensing entitlements, including:

  • recruitment, job applications and pre-employment screening
  • volunteer and not for profit positions
  • working with children or vulnerable people
  • immigration and citizenship
  • visa applications
  • adoption applications
  • occupation related licensing
  • firearm licensing.
What is the process for getting a police check?

  1. To submit a police check, you need to contact an ACIC accredited body or an Australian police agency who can submit a police check on your behalf.
  2. You need to complete the accredited body or police agency’s application and informed consent form and provide proof of identity documents.
  3. The accredited body or police agency then verifies your identity.
  4. Your police check is lodged into an IT system owned by the ACIC. The relevant police agency assesses your police information (if applicable), and determines whether or not it can be released, based on relevant spent convictions legislation.
  5. Your police check result is returned to the accredited body or police agency you submitted your police check through.

See How the service works for more information.

What information do I need to provide on my application?

You will be asked to provide your personal information, identity documentation and informed consent. Providing informed consent means you understand and agree to your personal information being submitted for the police check, and the subsequent use and disclosure of any national policing information relevant to you.

You will be asked to outline the purpose of your police check, including details about:

  • the position title, occupation or entitlement for which you require a police check, and
  • the proposed place of work (for example, a school).

 

What identity documents do I need to provide?

As part of the application process to submit a police check, the accredited body or police agency will advise which identity documents you must provide.

How does the ACIC handle my personal information?

Every effort has been made in the design of the Service to protect your privacy. While the ACIC is exempt from the Privacy Act, we maintain the confidentiality of information and ensure all accredited bodies comply with the Australian Privacy Principles. These principles set out the rules about how accredited bodies must safely:

  • collect personal information
  • disclose personal information
  • store and manage personal information
  • dispose of personal information.

Accredited bodies must publish a privacy policy, which outlines how they will handle personal information. Contact the accredited body or police agency you submitted your police check through if you would like to learn more.

Who should I contact if I have a question about my police check?

If you have questions about the status of your police check or results, you must contact the accredited body or police agency you submitted your police check through.

The ACIC provides the IT system that helps police agencies and other stakeholders to share police information. We are therefore unable to assist with enquiries about your police check status or results.