Police Clearance NSW

Information for Police Clearance NSW


A police clearance NSW is most often requested when an individual is pending an offer of employment or has requested to join a charitable organisation such as the Rural Fire Service (RFS). Your national criminal history check acts as a police clearance for Australia and NSW. It is a nationally recognised police clearance and authorised by the government upon whose behalf we act as an authorised agent. You are not able to submit an application form for your criminal record check directly to the government, and must submit your forms to either a NSW police station, or an authorised agent such as Checked.

Checked offer you not only a convenient online application process but are also able to offer clients a fast-tracked express option. When you apply for your Australian police clearance certificate NSW with Checked, you access a completely online form designed to save you time and hassle. Through VerifyID™ Checked are able to verify your identification documents online meaning you can potentially complete your application and submit in just a few minutes. If you opt for express processing, you could have your national police clearance returned to you in as little as just one business hour.

How do I get a police clearance NSW?

There are a couple of ways you can apply for a police check. The traditional method, which you can still use, included a paper-based form which was submitted to your local police station along with examples of your identification verified by an officer at the time of submission. This process can potentially take weeks to complete owing to the time you will need to arrange your application, your personal submission of it, and the waiting time for your national clearance certificate to be returned to you via post.

On the other hand, you can choose Checked who provide an online form designed to be intuitive and timesaving. When you complete your Australian police check with Checked during business hours, you can opt for an express approval returned via email in as little as an hour. There are circumstances in which your criminal background check can be delayed and unfortunately this is only made clear upon submission. The central government database can flag an application for ‘manual review’ if part or all of your details match in the system. On these occasions, if an applicant has opted for an express application, an express processing fee refund will be provided. Waiting times for applications flagged for a manual review can take between 1 and 15 days for release.

NB: If you require a certificate issue by NSW Police (known as a national police certificate or national police clearance), this can only be obtained through the NSW Police Force. Checked Australia is not affiliated with the NSW Police Force, and you must obtain one directly through their website. This will likely require you to also visit a NSW Police station or have document certified, and in many cases cannot be completed entirely online. You should allow a minimum of 10 business days for a NSW Police Check to be issued.

How long does police clearance last NSW?

A police clearance is valid on to the date of its issue, but has no set expiry date, which means that you may need to provide regular renewals to the authority requesting your national police check.

How much is a police clearance NSW?

The cost of a police clearance NSW will differ depending on the type of certificate you have applied for. Costs for a volunteer check are different to those of an employment one. It is important to choose the correct certificate at the time of application as you may need to pay for a new police clearance NSW if you have not obtained the correct one. 

Your police clearance NSW will include details of your criminal record, should you have one, from all over Australia. For more information on what is included on your police clearance certificate, please follow this link.

Please see the below for more information on obtaining a check from other states:

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