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I need a check on myself

To help protect the Australian community, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) works together with Australian police agencies and accredited bodies to deliver the National Police Checking Service (NPCS or the Service). The Service allows individuals to apply for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, which is commonly referred to as 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 facilitate the national IT system that allows Australia’s police agencies to process police checks and share information.

The ACIC has accredited a number of organisations where you can submit an application for a police check. You can access the list of ACIC accredited bodies via the website.
Alternatively you can apply for a police check through an Australian police agency.

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. Complete and submit an application from an ACIC accredited body, or an Australian police agency. Your application will be lodged into an IT system owned by the ACIC.
  2. The relevant police agency will verify your identity, make an assessment of your national policing information (if applicable), and determine the appropriate release of national policing information based on relevant spent convictions legislation.
  3. Your police check result will be returned to the accredited body or police agency you submitted your application 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, for example ‘for employment purposes’. Please provide as much information as possible.

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?

Whilst the ACIC is exempt from the Privacy Act, every effort has been made in the design of the Service to protect your privacy. The ACIC maintains the confidentiality of information and ensures all accredited bodies are compliant 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 your personal information will be handled. You should 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 regarding the status of your police check application or results, you must contact the accredited body or police agency you submitted your application through.

The ACIC plays a facilitation role in the Service by providing the IT system that helps police agencies and other stakeholders to share national policing information. We are therefore unable to assist with enquiries about your police check status or results.