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National Police Check

A National Police History Check (also known as a Police Check, Police Clearance, Criminal History Check) lists your disclosable court outcomes and pending charges (subject to relevant spent convictions/non-disclosure legislation and/or information release policies). This is a process that involves all Australian police services.

Police check certificates don't have an expiry date. It's up to organisations to decide how often they require staff to renew police checks. The certificate is a result of police record checks up to the date of issue. 

A Police Check Certificate lists Disclosable Court Outcomes and pending charges (subject to relevant spent convictions/non-disclosure legislation and/or information release policies).

Disclosable Court Outcomes means the record of court convictions and findings of guilt, to which provisions of relevant spent convictions/non disclosure legislation and/or information release policies have been applied.

The type and amount of information that is released will depend upon the category and purpose of the check, as well as the jurisdiction where convictions are recorded (and vetted). Spent convictions legislation or information release policies will be applied to this process by vetting police agencies.

The result of your check will either be:

  • No Disclosable Court Outcomes (NDCO)
    • there is no Police History Information (PHI) that is held or that can be released
  • Disclosable Court Outcomes (DCO)
    • PHI exists that can be released to the submitting organisation. The PHI may include:
      • charges
      • court convictions, including any penalty or sentence
      • findings of guilt with no conviction
      • court appearances
      • good behaviour bonds or other court orders
      • pending matters awaiting court hearing
      • traffic history
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