Australian National Police Check

Operating or hiring workers in Australia? You may be asked to carry out an Australian National Police Check. As an ACIC-accredited body, Veremark quickly delivers these police checks to support a safe, compliant hiring process.

The Australian National Police Check, otherwise known as the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, is a standard screening process used when applying for a new job, citizenship, and a range of licensing and registration schemes in Australia.

This checks searches the records of all Australian police jurisdictions and:

  • Includes all disclosable criminal history entries
  • Includes spent convictions and pending charges
  • Can include traffic convictions

Our reliable online platform allows you to effortlessly arrange a Police Check. With our streamlined system, submitting checks is quick and simple, with most results available instantly.

Veremark works with the ACIC and police agencies to process this check. While our focus is on speed and accuracy, it’s worth noting that the ACIC state the following turnaround times:

70% of all checks are completed within 1 business day

25% are completed within 10 business days as they’ve been referred to one or more police agencies because an individual’s name is similar to a person of interest.

5% may take 15 business days or more (depending on the complexity of the check). To get more information on the ACIC delivery times, head here.

Turnaround times in different countries
South Korea
United Kingdom (UK)
United States (US)
Australian National Police Check includes
$55 AUD
incl. GST


What background check do I need?

This depends on the industry and type of role you are recruiting for. To determine whether you need reference checks, identity checks, bankruptcy checks, civil background checks, credit checks for employment or any of the other background checks we offer, chat to our team of dedicated account managers.

Why should employers check the background of potential employees?

Many industries have compliance-related employment check requirements. And even if your industry doesn’t, remember that your staff have access to assets and data that must be protected. When you employ a new staff member you need to be certain that they have the best interests of your business at heart. Carrying out comprehensive background checking helps mitigate risk and ensures a safer hiring decision.

How long do background checks take?

Again, this depends on the type of checks you need. Simple identity checks can be carried out in as little as a few hours but a worldwide criminal background check for instance might take several weeks. A simple pre-employment check package takes around a week. Our account managers are specialists and can provide detailed information into which checks you need and how long they will take.

Can you do a background check online?

All Veremark checks are carried out online and digitally. This eliminates the need to collect, store and manage paper documents and information making the process faster, more efficient and ensures complete safety of candidate data and documents.

What are the benefits of a background check?

In a competitive marketplace, making the right hiring decisions is key to the success of your company. Employment background checks enables you to understand more about your candidates before making crucial decisions which can have either beneficial or catastrophic effects on your business.

What does a background check show?

Background checks not only provide useful insights into a candidate’s work history, skills and education, but they can also offer richer detail into someone’s personality and character traits. This gives you a huge advantage when considering who to hire. Background checking also ensures that candidates are legally allowed to carry out certain roles, failed criminal and credit checks could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or in a financial function.


Can Veremark provide an Australian Federal Police (AFP) if I need one?

We offer AFP checks and can configure each client or area with the necessary types of checks needed. After entering all relevant information into the online system, the applicant must print out the forms and provide clear copies of their ID. These forms and ID copies should be scanned and uploaded to the system. Subsequently, we proceed to submit the request for a Criminal History Check and typically receive the resulting Certificate within approximately 3-7 days.

What is the difference between an ACIC check and an Australian Federal Police (AFP) check?

Essentially, these checks both use the ACIC system to gather information, ensuring uniformity. The result of an AFP check is a printed certificate on AFP secure paper, typically completed within 3-7 days. Conversely, ACIC direct checks are usually processed instantly in 95% of cases, with a unique reference number provided for matching to the ACIC search result. Typically, a National Police check via the ACIC system suffices, but specific circumstances like Immigration purposes may necessitate an Australian Federal Police check.

Can I speed any delays up?

Employrite Pty Ltd (trading as Veremark) is a long-standing accredited agency of ACIC and receives the fastest turnaround times that ACIC is able to offer. Sometimes, results need to be verified, for example, your candidate may have a similar name to a conviction record. Extra time is needed to ensure we do not deliver a false positive.

If an ACIC check is not immediately clear, but pending, how long will the result take?

This does happen from time to time and can take from an hour up to 10 or more days. We do however stay in contact with ACIC and follow any outstanding checks through to completion as soon as possible. The Veremark system is updated with any information relating to general delays or follow ups on specific files so you are kept informed.

How long does it take to get a Criminal History result?

Most checks - around 90-95% - are processed within an hour. Any that are not immediately cleared are noted as Pending. A check can be pending for up to 10 days (or more) but is usually less than that.

What forms and ID do I need to carry out a Police Check on behalf of a candidate?

The minimum ID requirements are as follows:

  • Birth certificate or passport
  • Drivers licence, Proof of age card, Firearm licence, and if under 18, a student card with photograph
  • Two of the following: Medicare card, Centrelink card, bank card, credit card, student card (secondary or tertiary education), Proof of enrolment with Australian Electoral Commission, foreign drivers licence
When do I need to carry out an Australian National Police Check?

This type of check is required for employment purposes or appointing an individual in a position of trust. Veremark would like to highlight that Australia’s National Police Checks cannot be used for immigration, visa or IVF applications.

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