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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 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.

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 provide 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 agency in the state or territory where the employee lives, or an accredited body authorised to submit police checks on behalf of your employees.

Check the list of ACIC accredited bodies to find out which organisations can submit a police check on your behalf.

Or 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 basisup to 500 checks in a five year periodyou can become:

To become a legal entity customer of an accredited body, your organisation must enter into a contractual arrangement with that body. This means you may be subject to ACIC audit activities. To find out more, contact an ACIC accredited body and enquire whether they 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.