Terms & Conditions - Individuals
Checked Australia Terms and Conditions - Individuals - Last Updated: 01/07/2016
Thank you for choosing Checked Australia, located at www.checked.com.au (the Website) to provide you with checking, validation, verification and sourcing services (Checking Services) of your personal information, and our software as a service platform (Software) to facilitate the access, sharing and distribution of your validated, enriched, or otherwise procured information by yourself, or with other parties through the sharing platform and services (Sharing Services).
The Checking Services and Sharing Services, and Website (Services) are provided by Checked Australia trading as Epic Growth Pty Ltd (ABN 60 601 427 454), at its registered company address Level 3, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009, or subsidiary offices across Australia.
By accessing Checked Australia and using the Services, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions (Terms), as updated from time to time. Please ensure you read them carefully, and before continuing use of Checked Australia or its Services, in the instance of any misunderstanding or clarification needed, we encourage you to contact the Checked Australia Support team through the following methods:
by phone on 1300 266 021;
by email [email protected];
by LiveChat available from the Chat Now button on the following link: https://www.checked.com.au/contact during our Service Hours.
Also, by starting, or continuing to use the Services, you agree that we may change, amend or adjust the terms and conditions or change or upgrade the Services by advising you by email or providing appropriate notification on the Website.
SECTION 1 - Checking Services
Your Request for Checking Services
Checked Australia will not provide the Checking Services to you unless you have provided to Checked Australia (through the Website):
necessary proof of your identity (as stipulated by Checked Australia on the Website, and which may include identification documents and biometrics)
a request for Checking Services; and
any further information Checked Australia may need to provide the requested Checking Services.
If Checked Australia requires further information from you to provide the Checking Services you requested, Checked Australia will ask you for it. If Checked Australia has not received that further information within 30 days of Checked Australia asking for it, your request will be taken to have been suspended.
Right to Refuse Checking Services
By requesting the Checking Services, you are appointing Checked Australia as your agent for the purposes of providing to, and obtaining from, any third party any information that is necessary in order to perform the Checking Services.
Provision of Checking Services
If Checked Australia does not refuse your request, Checked Australia will: (a) perform the Checking Services you requested (but if you have requested Checking Services that require checks outside Australia or New Zealand, Checked Australia will provide those to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable to do so); and (b) prepare a Check Result Report for you, which will set out the results of the Checking Services requested.
Please note that Checked Australia performs the Checking Services by making requests to individuals or organisations who supply information to Checked Australia. If those third party suppliers do not release requested information within a period of 30 days of Checked Australia’s request for information, your request will be treated as having been suspended.
Checked Australia may change, suspend, limit, restrict or discontinue any aspect of the Checking Services at any time without notice or liability including the availability of and access to any part of any feature on the Website.
Payment of Services & Refund Policy
Each time you make a request for Checking Services, you must pay Checked Australia by credit card or other method approved by Checked Australia in accordance with the fees set out on the Website. If a particular third party supplier seeks to charge an unusual fee for your requested Verification Service, Checked Australia will notify you of the fee and ask whether you wish to pay the fee or cancel your request.
Under the Australian Consumer Law (if you are in Australia) or the Consumer Guarantees Act (if you are in New Zealand), you are entitled to the right to ask for a replacement or refund in certain circumstances set out in the applicable legislation. In addition, Checked Australia will provide a refund to you if Checked Australia refuses to accept or execute your request or if the particular package of Checking Services that you requested is no longer available. Also, if you cancel a request before Checked Australia begins to perform the Checking Services, Checked Australia may, if it chooses, provide you with a part refund after deducting a reasonable charge for the administrative cost of processing your initial application.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
If any payment made by you to Checked Australia under or relating to the Checking Services constitutes consideration for a taxable supply for the purposes of GST or any similar tax, the amount to be paid for the supply will be increased so that the net amount retained by Checked Australia after payment of that GST is the same as if Checked Australia was not liable to pay GST in respect of that supply. This provision is subject to any other agreement regarding the payment of GST on specific supplies.
Identity Verification Services
In order to verify your identity electronically in connection with the provision of the Services, we will pass on information you provide (such as names, addresses and copies of identification documents) to Commonwealth and State government departments via the Australian Government Document Verification Service (DVS).
DVS will send information, using a secure line, to the issuers of the identification documents where an automated check of that data will verify whether the information provided matches the information held by the issuer. The issuer sends an automatic response via DVS to confirm or deny whether the details match the database records it holds.
the information you are providing is correct, accurate and up to date;
that the information you are providing is your personal information and you have authority to provide it to us; and
we may use and disclose your personal information for the purposes of electronic verification as described above.
SECTION 2: Sharing Services
Sharing Information with a Registered Organisation
In using Checked Australia and the Sharing Services, you may choose (but are under no obligation) to share your personal information (e.g. results of a National Background Check) (User Information) with organisations that are registered (Registered Organisation) on the Checked Australia portal. You are solely responsible for controlling whether your User Information will be shared with an organisation.
Once an organisation has registered with Checked Australia, its administrative users will create a unique identification number (Organisation Identifier). You may share your User Information with an organisation by inputting the Organisation Identifier into the Checked Australia portal and explicitly confirming the request to send your User Information to an organisation. Your User Information will then be sent electronically to that organisation.
By entering the Identifier in the Checked Australia platform and explicitly confirming the request to share User Information with an organisation, you agree that:
any User Information sent electronically is sent at your own risk and you are aware of the consequences of this method of sharing information;
the User Information is personal to you and you have authority to share it with an organisation;
it is your responsibility to ensure that the Organisation Identifier is kept securely, remains confidential and is not misused;
Checked Australia may check and verify your User Information before it is shared with an organisation;
you grant the organisation to which you are sending your User Information permission to view, access, validate, store and otherwise handle your User Information for the primary purpose for which you have specified (e.g. applying for employment or undertaking volunteer work);
your User Information may be maintained in the organisation's records; and
you may not be able to retrieve or amend your User Information once it has been sent to an organisation.
Some organisations may be located outside of Australia. Should you choose to share your User Information with an overseas organisation, you agree that:
Checked Australia is not required to take more than reasonable steps to ensure overseas organisations comply with all applicable Australian privacy laws in relation to disclosure of your User Information;
the overseas recipient will not be accountable under any applicable Australian privacy laws in relation to the collection, use, storage, destruction, de-identification and otherwise handling of User Information;
you will not be able to seek redress for any misappropriation of your User Information under any applicable Australian privacy laws; and
Checked Australia takes no responsibility for any breach by overseas organisations in relation to your User Information (howsoever caused) of any applicable Australian privacy laws.
Sharing Information via Unique Link
After Checked Australia has prepared the results of your check request (Check Result Report), Checked Australia will:
place the Check Result Report in a secure location on the Website; and
provide you with the provisions and ability to nominate third parties with which to share a unique results URL (Unique Link) that provides access to those parts of the Check Result Report that you wish to disclose to them.
You can request more than one Unique Link. Please note that, in order to comply with legal requirements, certain reports will be deleted from the Check Result Report after relevantly prescribed time periods.
You control access to each Unique Link
After Checked Australia has placed the Check Result Report on the Website, you are solely responsible for controlling access to the Check Result Report and each Unique Link that you have requested.
Checked Australia will not be liable for any access provided or permitted by you to anyone (whether you did so intentionally or by accident) or for access through any unauthorised use of a Unique Link. You may request, delete or edit a Unique Link at any time by going to your member’s page of the Website.
SECTION 3: General
Control of User Information & Privacy
By using Checked Australia and Services, you agree to Checked Australia:
checking and verifying that the information you have provided to Checked Australia is correct;
providing your User Information to the parties or organisations that you give access to or share information with, or external parties that are required to fulfil the Services; and
retaining and storing your User Information (unless you revoke consent by writing to Checked Australia, or instruct Checked Australia to deactivate your user account).
In order to provide the Services to you, your personal information may be exchanged between companies within Checked Australia or Checked Australia may disclose your personal information to its contractors, some of whom may be overseas. In order to provide the Checking Services to you, it will be necessary to disclose your personal information to a third party capable of verifying your information who may also be overseas. It is a condition of ordering the Services that you consent to these disclosures.
Checked Australia will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Checked Australia will protect the security of personal information and maintaining physical, computer and communications security by preventing unauthorised access to its premises, its computer network and its communications. Other than you, people you nominate and third parties who will be asked to verify your information, only authorised staff and contractors of Checked Australia will have access to your personal information.
Please note that Checked Australia may not be able to retrieve your User Information if it has been passed to a third party (with your consent) and such information is maintained in that third parties' records.
Unless you choose not to let Checked Australia do so, Checked Australia may use your details to tell you about special offers and new products and services.
Risk of Loss & Limitation of Liability
While all reasonable care is taken, Checked Australia does not warrant nor accept responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided to it by third parties. You agree to indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless Checked Australia, its directors, employees, officers, contractors and overseas agencies from and against any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses suffered or incurred including but not limited to in relation to causes of action you may have in defamation, breach of privacy, negligence and breach of contract against Checked Australia, its directors, employees, officers, contractors and overseas agencies. Checked Australia will not be liable or responsible for the use of any information accessed from a Checked Australia Report or through any use of a Checked Australia Link by you or anybody else.
In consideration of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commision (ACIC) or any other third party supplier releasing details of any of your personal information, you hereby indemnify the Commonwealth Government or that other third party supplier (as the case may be), together with their servants and agents including all members of ACIC, against all actions, suits, proceedings, causes of action, costs, claims and demands whatsoever which may be brought or made against it or them by any body or person by reason of or arising out of the release of any details of any conviction or other information recorded against your name or purporting to either relate to or concern you.
SECTION 4: Your Acknowledgements
In using the Services you agree:
that it is your responsibility for the security of the network from which the Services or Website or Software is accessed;
that it is your responsibility to ensure the secured use of the Checked Australia Software and Website, and to be informed as to who is authorised to view or receive information from Checked Australia Software and Website;
you are liable and responsible for the management of your information such that it is compliant with all relevant legislation in the jurisdiction in which you operate.
Additionally, you agree to Checked Australia:
searching, locating and sourcing the information relating to you from other sources in its absolute discretion;
checking and verifying that the information you have provided to Checked Australia and your information located from other sources is correct;
providing your Check Result Report containing your information to those people you give access to (unless such access is revoked by you, either by deactivating access via Checked Australia’s website or by writing to Checked Australia);
holding your personal information including but not limited to details of your qualifications, professional and other memberships, employment, rental and other references, and any other Services provided now or in the future that you request from Checked Australia;
letting Checked Australia’s contractors and overseas agencies access your information when required by Checked Australia for the purposes of providing, reviewing, auditing, analysing or improving the Services; and
retaining and storing your Check Result Report containing your information (unless you revoke consent by writing to Checked Australia). Please note that in order to comply with legal requirements, certain records will be deleted after prescribed time periods.
SECTION 5: Australian National Background Check
The Australian National Background Check (previously known as the National Police Check) (National Background Check) is a service provided by Checked Australia, which provides the ability to request, and share the results of such service with other parties. If you request an National Background Check, you:
acknowledge that you have read the General Information Guide (See Appendix A) provided by ACIC (the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission) and understand that information will be disclosed in accordance with applicable legislation and information release policies (including spent convictions legislation (however described) in the Commonwealth, States and Territories);
acknowledge that any information provided by you relates specifically to the purpose (role and type of organisation you require the check for) identified in the Check Type, Check Purpose and Check Role/Organisation section of the Checked Australia National Background Check online application form;
acknowledge that the purpose for which you are seeking a National Background Check may be in a category for which exclusions from spent convictions legislation apply;
confirm that you will fully answer all questions asked by Checked Australia and the personal information you provide relates to you, contains your full name and all names previously used by you, and is correct;
acknowledge that the provision of false or misleading information is a serious offence;
acknowledge that Checked Australia is collecting information to provide to ACIC and police agencies;
ACIC and police agencies using and disclosing your personal information to conduct a National Background Check;
Police agencies disclosing to ACIC, from their records, police history information that can be disclosed in accordance in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth, States and Territories and in accordance with the relevant jurisdiction's information release policies; and
ACIC providing the information disclosed by the Australian police agencies to Checked Australia;
acknowledge that any information sent electronically in relation to the check including any identity documents, is sent at your own risk and you are aware of the consequences of this method of lodgement;
acknowledge that it is usual practice for an applicant's personal information to be disclosed to Australian police agencies for them to use for their respective law enforcement purposes, including the investigation of any outstanding criminal offences; and
acknowledge that personal information that you provide may be disclosed to Checked Australia (including contractors or related bodies corporate) located in Australia or overseas for administrative purposes.
SECTION 6: Copyright
No part of this website may be copied or imitated in whole or in part. No logo, graphic, sound or image from this website may be copied or re-transmitted unless expressly permitted in writing by Checked Australia. The information contained within this site is also subject to the same copyright conditions and cannot be copied, imitated or used in whole or in part without the permission of Checked Australia.
The text ‘Checked’, 'Checked Australia', 'Checked.com.au', 'VerifyID', are all trademarks of Checked Australia t/as Epic Growth Pty Ltd.
SECTION 7: Governing Law
A failure by you or Checked Australia to exercise any right under these terms and conditions does not prevent any other or further exercise of that or any other right.
The rights under these terms and conditions are cumulative and not exclusive of any rights provided by law.
If any particular term or condition is unenforceable for any reason, that will not affect any other.
APPENDIX A - ACIC General Information
ACIC is collecting your personal information via the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form in order to conduct a National Police Check (NPHC) on you. It does this through a contractual arrangement with the Accredited Organisation – Checked Australia t/a Epic Growth Pty Ltd (ABN 60 601 427 454) of Level 3, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009. ACIC has contractual arrangements with its Accredited Organisations to collect personal information on its behalf to support processes assessing the suitability of people applying for employment, Australian citizenship, appointment to positions of trust, volunteer service or for various licensing or registration schemes. Accredited Organisations and their customers (such as employers) use the personal information collected on the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form and the resulting NPHC as part of their assessment process to determine your application. Some Accredited Organisations have a legislative basis for the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information.
ACIC recommends that you seek further information about any relevant/applicable legislative framework from the Accredited Organisation.
In some circumstances Accredited Organisations may have arrangements with overseas entities for administrative or other purposes. ACIC recommends that you seek further information from Checked Australia t/a Epic Growth Pty Ltd (ABN 60 601 427 454) of Level 3, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009, in circumstances where your information is likely to be disclosed to overseas recipients.
Unless statutory obligations require otherwise, the information provided on the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form will not be used without your prior consent for any purpose other than in relation to the assessment of your suitability; or to maintain the records of ACIC and police agencies; or for law enforcement purposes. You will be required to submit another complete Checked Australia National Police Check online application form (including informed consent) for any future NPHCs.
NATIONAL POLICE HISTORY CHECK (NPHC)
Information on the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form will be used by ACIC and police agencies for checking action; it will also be used to update records held about you by ACIC and police agencies.
ACIC and police agencies will access their records to obtain and disclose Police History Information (PHI) that relates to you to the Accredited Organisation – Checked Australia t/a Epic Growth Pty Ltd (ABN 60 601 427 454) (Checked Australia) of Level 3, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009.
PHI may include outstanding charges, warrant information and criminal convictions/findings/pleas of guilt recorded against you.
PHI is disclosed according to applicable laws of the relevant jurisdiction and, in accordance with the relevant jurisdiction's information release policies. Applicable laws include but are not limited to spent convictions legislation.
The following links may be helpful in sourcing information on spent convictions in your State/Territory:
New South Wales www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
South Australia www.legislation.sa.gov.au
Victoria Police www.police.vic.gov.au
Western Australia www.slp.wa.gov.au
Northern Territory www.dcm.nt.gov.au/
Australian Capital Territory www.legislation.act.gov.au
LIMITATIONS ON ACCURACY AND USE OF PHI
While every care has been taken by ACIC and police agencies to conduct a search of PHI that relates to the Applicant, the accuracy and quality of an NPHC issued by ACIC depends on accurate identification of the Applicant (including aliases), the comprehensiveness of police records and is based on the information provided via the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form. If the Applicant does not complete the information requirements on the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form, the success and validity of the NPHC will be compromised. It is in your interest to provide full and complete details on the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form. If for any reason you do not agree with the results of your NPHC, please notify Checked Australia t/a Epic Growth Pty Ltd (ABN 60 601 427 454) (Checked Australia) of Level 3, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009 so that the NPCS dispute process can be initiated.
ACIC CONTACT DETAILS
For more information regarding the NPHC process or the handling of Personal Information and Police History Information, you can contact the ACIC's National Police Checking Service on:
Phone: 02 6268 7000 or
Email: [email protected]
PROVISION OF INCOMPLETE, FALSE OR MISLEADING INFORMATION
An Accredited Organisation and an Applicant must take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information collected or disclosed is accurate, complete and up to date. You are asked to certify that the personal information you have provided on the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form is correct. It is a serious offence to provide false or misleading information on the Checked Australia National Police Check online application form.