You might require a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check for a range of reasons, but a check is often required when applying for employment, as it assists in helping organisations make informed decisions about the suitability of prospective employees.
A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check can be typically used to make informed decisions for:
- Employment screening
- Volunteer work
- Working with children or vulnerable people
- Work-related licensing purposes
Is there anything a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check can’t be used for?
Yes. There are several instances where a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check cannot be used, and you will need to obtain an AFP (Australian Federal Police) check instead.
Important: A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check is different to an AFP check.
An Australian Federal Police Check (AFP Check) can only be used for:
- Residents of ACT, Jervis Bay Territory and external Commonwealth territories
- Employment with the Commonwealth Government
- Checks under Commonwealth Legislation
- Australian immigration purposes
- Where the applicant resides overseas
- Overseas employment
- Overseas adoption
- Visa applications for overseas travel
Other exceptions where you cannot use a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (non-exhaustive):
- Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing
- VicRoads applications
- Victorian Business Licensing Authority
- Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
- Victorian IVF
- Victorian Real Estate License
- Victorian Taxi Directorate
- Department of Commerce Real Estate / Sales Agents
- Queensland Office of Fair Trading
- Department of Transport Driver Accreditation
If clarification is required, please ask the organisation which requested the check to provide more information.
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