Employment Reference Checks

We've taken the pain out of reference checking.

The hard truth is that reference checking is essential if you want to avoid a known risk to your business and personal reputation. The problem has always been that employment references are extremely time-consuming.

Our pre-employment reference checks have helped companies all over Australia and New Zealand become more efficient when it comes to obtaining a candidate’s references. Our new reference checks save you the expense of hours of admin time and follow up calls to referees and candidates.

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Improve Your HR Efficiency up to 32%+

By outsourcing your reference check to CVCheck, you save hours of admin time and money. Here's why:

  • 24/7 online convenience

  • Mobile friendly experience making responses from candidates and referees easier and faster

  • Direct SMS and email messaging to both candidate and referee for faster response time

  • Questionnaire templates to suit your role

  • Real-time status updates on the progress of your reference check (See example here)

  • Easy to read report, making it simple to compare and assess candidates

Calculate your savings

We do thousands of reference checks every year. Find out how much you could save by outsourcing your reference checks to CVCheck.

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Customise your questions

We've made reference checking automated, fast and affordable, now allowing you to use your own reference check template.

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+As demonstrated by the CVCheck Calculator - gains may vary by organisation.

Streamlined Employment
Reference Check

$15.00 +GST* Estimated delivery time: 1 day**


A faster and cost-effective way to obtain candidate references:

- Reference reports delivered instantly to your CVCheck dashboard

- Simplified order process

- Fraud protection built-in

$35.00 +GST* Estimated delivery time: 3 days**


All the features of our streamlined reference check plus more detailed employment information from the candidate's previous HR or Payroll department to confirm:

- The referee works or worked at the nominated organisation

- The referee's position

- The professional relationship between the referee and the candidate

- The candidate's identity

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the turnaround time for an online reference check?

The turnaround time of an online reference check varies as CVCheck are reliant on third parties for the supply of information. Generally, our Streamlined Employment Reference Check takes approximately 1 business day** while our Verified Employment Reference Check takes approximately 3 business days**. These estimates have come from our previous experiences with clients and how long the majority of the checks took to be delivered. These estimates are based on the checks being Australian based. Please keep in mind that international checks may take longer. As our turnaround time is reliant on third parties, we do not give any time guarantees for any checks. However, we will keep you informed as much as possible if there are any unusual delays we will contact you.


2. How reliable are CVCheck’s employee reference checks?

Since starting in 2004 we have built a reputation as one of the most reliable information verification companies in Australia. We conduct more than 300,000 verification checks every year for individuals, employers and private and government organisations. Our processes have been designed to reduce the risk of reference fraud and bad hires. Our reference check questionnaire templates improve the accuracy and consistency of the data given, reduce the risk of recruiters asking discriminatory questions and reduce the risk of recruiters misinterpreting questions. Our methodical and secure data collection process adds additional governance and security to the recruitment process. Additionally, our reference checks have built in fraud protection.


3. What types of pre employment reference checks do you have and which would suit my business best?

We have two different types of reference checks available; our Streamlined Employment Reference Check and our Verified Employment Reference Check. Our Streamlined Employment Reference Check includes a reference report using one of our questionnaires or customisable templates. We have multiple different questionnaire templates available to suit the role that you’re hiring for and if you wish you can use your own reference check template. This check has an estimated delivery time of 1 day** and costs $15.00 plus GST. Our Verified Employment Reference Check includes the questionnaire template from our Streamlined Reference Check and additional employment information from the candidate's previous HR or payroll department. This check has an estimated delivery time of 3 days** and costs $35.00 plus GST. Which checks you decide to undertake depending on the needs of your business.


4. Can a reference check be used to contact referees that are overseas?

Yes, our reference checks can be used to contact referees globally. Please keep in mind however that international checks may take longer.


5. Can I use CVCheck for other online checks?

Yes, we offer over 1000 checks across 190 countries. Our offering includes a number of different online checks including police checks, traffic and licence checks, psychometric assessments, VEVO visa and work entitlement checks, work experience verification checks, qualification and professional membership checks, credit checks, anti-money laundering checks and bankruptcy checks.