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I need to get a check for my employees

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, commonly referred to as a police check.

Why might my employees need a police check?

Your organisation may wish to, or may be required by legislation, to conduct a police check to help screen and make informed decisions about the suitability of individuals. Police checks can be conducted for a range of reasons including:

  • recruitment, job applications and pre-employment screening
  • volunteer and not for profit positions
  • occupation related licensing purposes
How do I get a police check on my employees?

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.

There are three ways you can get a police check on your employees:

1. Direct your employees to an accredited body or an Australian police agency

If your organisation only requires police checks on an ad-hoc or infrequent basis we recommend you use the police force in the state or territory where your employee lives, or an accredited body which is authorised to submit police checks on behalf of your employees.

Check the accredited bodies list to find out more information on which agencies can submit a police check on your behalf.

Alternatively you can apply for a police check through an Australian police agency.

2. Become a customer of an accredited body or Australian police agency

If your organisation requires police checks on a frequent basis - up to 500 checks in a five year period - you can become a customer of an Australian police agency or a legal entity customer of an ACIC accredited body.

In becoming a legal entity customer your organisation must enter into a contractual arrangement with the accredited body, in which case, you may be subject to ACIC audit activities. To find out more information, you will need to contact an ACIC accredited body  and enquire whether their organisation can service you as one of their customers.

3. Become an accredited body and submit police checks on behalf of your employees

If your organisation plans to submit more than 500 police checks in a five year period, you may be eligible to become an ACIC accredited body.