The NPCS is a consent-based service. This means that as an accredited body, Certsy is required to collect the informed consent for each applicant and every police check conducted. A police check can only be conducted with the knowledge and consent of the applicant; no one can provide consent on the applicant's behalf. Informed consent must be collected prior to the police check being submitted to the NPCS.
Under the Privacy Act, informed consent consists of four key elements:
- The applicant is adequately informed about the process and purpose of a police check, prior to providing consent
- The consent provided by the applicant voluntarily
- The consent provided is current and specific
- The applicant has the ability to understand and communicate their consent