Police Check ACT

Information about a Police Check in ACT


What are the options for obtaining a police check in ACT?

Are you looking for a police check ACT? We offer applicants a fully online application which ensures that you can complete and submit your national criminal history check application within one sitting.

We utilise an online verification tool called VerifyID™ to complete your criminal record check which is 100% online, and you can provide documentation via a scanner or camera. We can even fast-track the processing when requesting a police check ACT, putting your application at the head of our processing queue. In most cases, an express application is returned via email to an applicant within one hour, however, delays can occur. If your application is delayed then we will refund you our express service fee as per the guarantee.

When requesting a police check ACT, you will often require a national police check which can be issued by Checked, and covers all states and territories. In some cases, the requesting organisation may require a national police clearance or national police certificate. These are commonly requested as part of employment requirements to join volunteer organisations. For example, you may be subject to aged care ACT police check requirements if you are seeking employment in the aged care sector in Canberra or intend to volunteer to your time to a charitable organisation in the ACT. It is important to enquire with the organisation which one is required.

The purpose of an Australian police check is to help ensure that environments and services are safe for everyone to enjoy. More and more Australian organisations are opting to include a criminal background check as standard procedure when onboarding new personnel.

NB: If you require a certificate issue by AFP (national police certificate), such as for Commonwealth employment, this can only be obtained through the AFP. Checked Australia is not affiliated with the AFP, and you must obtain one directly through their website. You should allow a minimum of 15 business days for a AFP Check to be issued.

Alternatively, we are able to provide a national police check, that comes with an 100% Acceptance Guarantee. This means, if you request a national police check (for a valid purpose), and it is still not accepted by your the requesting organisation, we will issue a full-refund.

This way you will also not need to visit a post office or police station, and the base cost for a check is often less as it is efficiently completed 100% online. You also have the option to request that your police check to be obtained online in as little as an hour through Checked Australia.

How long does a police check ACT take?

Applicants seeking a police clearance certificate or police check ACT can be required to fill in a paper form and submit it, along with verified copies of their identification, to a local police station or accredited agent for processing. This process was time-consuming and often inconvenient. 

Individual applicants must submit their applications through one of the government accredited providers. Checked is authorised to accept and submit an applicant’s police check, as well as ensure that your application is placed at the top of the queue. Our express service option can return most applicant’s police check ACT in as little as one hour.

How long is a police check valid for in ACT?

There is no set period of validation for a police check ACT. It will depend upon the authority which has requested your police check as to how long they consider your national clearance certificate to be valid for. Often organisations will have standard compliance periods in place which mean that employees or members must supply an updated police check ACT on a regular basis.

The police check ACT is a national police check. Information from the central government database, which an applicant is checked against, is collated from all states and territories in Australia. Please see below some further information about obtaining a police check across the following states and territories:

So, if you are looking for a police check ACT, information from all states and territories will be included on your certificate. For more information about what appears on your clearance certificate, please see this link for further information.

How do I obtain a police check in ACT?

You are still able to complete a paper-based police check form and submit that in person to at the post office or police station. However, choosing Checked and our online application process will save you valuable time, even if you do not wish to use our express service.

Save time and get your police check ACT completed and returned in as little as one hour with Checked.

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