Australian Standard for Workforce Screening (AS 4811)

Australian Workforce Screening Standard

The Australian Standard for Employment Screening AS4811 was introduced in 2006 as a guide on how to approach the important area of employment risk and to ensure the integrity, identity and credentials of personnel within an organization.

The key elements of Australian Standards Employment Screening 4811 during its inception were Identity Checks, Address Verification, Employment Verification, Reference Checks, Criminal Checks and Education Checks.

Based on a review of the Standard in March 2022,  updates were made to include additional verifications and the introduction of a continuous personnel risk management framework. The framework includes the full life cycle of personnel risk management that the standard refers to as

initial suitability

ongoing suitability

separating personnel (only applies to civilian workforce)

Veremark has developed a comprehensive solution set to assist clients in complying with the minimum requirement for AS4811:2022 that includes:

• Identity (ID) check

• Right to Work verification

• Address Verification

• Employment Verification

• Reference Check

• Criminal Check

• Education Check

• Social Media Check

• Employee Rescreening

Additional Optional Checks - based on the nature of the industry, risk associated with the job type and/or the hierarchy of position can be included for an additional cost.

The Veremark platform gives you the flexibility to order a package of checks that meets the AS4811:2022 standard, with an option to include additional checks as required by the role type and the industry. All of this without the need to open an account, pay a joining fee or commit to a lengthy contract.

Further information on the Initial standard AS4811:2006 can be found here.

What happens after you place an order?

Veremark will use the contact details you provide for the candidate or employee to send an email invitation to visit our secure portal where they can complete a quick form providing the necessary information to start the checks. Information required will be dependent on specific checks being conducted.

For example:

• Name and surname

• Date of birth

• Addresses for the last 6 years and the dates lived there

• National Insurance number

• Two ID documents (usually Passport and Driving license)

• 5 years of employment references

Results of checks are emailed to the client and, upon request, posted to and retained on the Veremark platform for client use and review.

AS Workforce Screening includes

Standard Package recommendation based on AS 4811:2022:

  • ID Check
  • Right to Work Check
  • Address Verification
  • Employment Verification
  • Reference Check
  • Criminal Check
  • Education Check
  • Social Media Check
AUD 282
excl. GST

Package recommendation based on AS 4811:2022 for higher risk hire such as Senior Management Position or, Executives to include:

  • All Checks in Standard Risk Package
  • Directorship and Shareholding Search
  • Global Fraud / Sanctions Search
  • Bankruptcy Search
  • Credit Search
  • Financial Regulatory Search
  • Adverse Media Search
AUD 591
excl. 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.

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