Employment Reference Checks

Streamlined Reference Checks

By outsourcing your employment reference checks to CVCheck, you could improve your HR efficiency up to 32%⁺
  • 24/7 online convenience
  • Questionnaire templates to suit your role
  • Mobile friendly experience making responses from candidates and referees easier and faster
  • Real-time status updates on the progress of your reference checks (See example here)
  • Direct SMS and email messaging to both candidate and referee for faster response time
  • Easy to read report, making it simple to compare and assess candidates
+ As demonstrated by the CVCheck Calculator – gains may vary by organisation.

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We've taken the pain out of reference checking

The hard truth is that reference checks are 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 100% online reference checks save you the expense of hours of admin time and follow up calls to referees and candidates.

Streamlined Employment Reference Check


Estimated delivery time: 1 day

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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

Verified Employment Reference Check


Estimated delivery time: 3 days

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All the features of our streamlined reference check plus detailed employment information from the candidate's previous employer to confirm:

  • The referee works or worked at the nominated organisation
  • The professional relationship between the referee and the candidate
  • The referees' position
  • The candidate's identity
  • Ian McCreery

    The new streamlined reference check has seen a much quicker turnaround

    The new streamlined reference check has seen a much quicker turnaround

    Given the fast nature of our business, especially retail, switching to the new streamlined reference check has seen much quicker turnaround times.

  • Ester McDonnell

    Talent Acquisition Project Consultant

    Streamlined Reference Check set up was seamless

    The Streamlined Reference Check set up was a seamless one, it happened overnight. It is a much faster check turn around, I am glad we moved to the Streamlined Reference Check as it makes our recruitment turnaround faster.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • 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 day** while our Verified Employment Reference Check takes approximately 3 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Can I use CVCheck for other online checks?

      Yes, we offer over 300 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.

    * All turnaround times are estimated working times for Australian checks and are provided as a guide only. Turnaround times are based on our experience of the time taken for the majority of these checks to be delivered. However, CVCheck is reliant on third parties for supply of information, and in some cases those third parties may take longer to supply that information. Accordingly, CVCheck does not give any time guarantees for any checks or packages. It is CVCheck’s policy and practice to keep you informed as much as possible if there are any unusual delays. Read more about our delivery times here.