What are the options for obtaining a police check in WA?
You have a few options when obtaining a police check WA, which depends on what type of check you require, but in any case it is important to have one issued through a government Accredited Body or state based police. To obtain a copy of your national police certificate, you must submit a completed application to your local WA police station, which may require visiting the local post office to have your identity verified. Alternatively, in many cases if you require a national criminal history check, Checked is an accredited provider able to offer a completely online application process which saves you time and hassle. We also provide a fast-tracked application option which in most cases returns an applicant’s results in as little as one hour.
NB: If you require a certificate issue by WA Police (national police certificate or police clearance certificate), this can only be obtained through the WA Police Force. Checked Australia is not affiliated with the WA Police Force, and you must obtain it directly through their website. This may also require you to visit an Australia Post office, have your identity confirmed in person, and in some cases cannot be completed entirely online. You should allow a minimum of 10 business days for a WA Police 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 do I get a police check WA?
You are most likely to be asked for a police check WA before you accept an offer of employment or if you are seeking to join a volunteer organisation. More and more organisations around Australia are choosing to institute a standard procedure for new employees and members which requests a criminal background check before a formal offer or acceptance is given. This ensures that the services these organisations provide, and the environments they build, continue to remain safe and enjoyable for everyone. For example, you may be required to undergo a national police history check for the Department of Education WA if you intend to be affiliated with them in either a professional or volunteer capacity.
Traditionally, to request a criminal record check, you would have to fill out multiple paper-based forms and submit them, along with verified copies of your ID, in person. Checked offers applicants a completely online application process. Our online form is designed to be intuitive and easy to submit. We utilise VerifyID™ to securely verify your identification documents online. When you have finished your application form and it is fully compliant with government standards, Checked can submit it to the central government database. You can complete the entire process in a single sitting.
Our express service is a special fast-tracked processing service which puts your application at the head of our processing queue. However, in about 30% of cases, applications can be flagged for what is called a ‘manual review’ by the relevant police agencies, even with a national police clearance issued directly through the police. This occurs when part or all of an applicant’s information matches in the central government database so the information must be review before the national police clearance check WA may be released. If your express application is flagged and delayed, you can expect it to be released between 1 and 15 business days.
In this instance of a check requested through us, where you have requested Express Processing, we will refund you the express service fee if it is not issued in the timeframe, or required for manual review.
How long does a police check WA last?
There is no set period of validity for Western Australia police check as they are considered valid from the date of issue on the certificate, without any specific expiry date. The organisation that has requested you obtain a national police check will be the best place to check how long an individual’s certificate may be valid for under their compliance rules and regulations.
Your police check WA will include information gathered from all over Australia. When you apply for your police check WA, it will cover information obtained from all across Australia. Please see below some further information about obtaining a police check across the following states and territories:
How much is a police check WA?
The cost of a police check WA or national police check will depend upon the type of check you are applying for. Different rates apply to volunteer checks compared to standard checks. The express processing fee is additional to the cost of an application.
Get your police check WA fast with Checked using our completely online process and express processing service.