National Police Check For Employment

National Police Background Check Australia

There is no faster way to get a national police check for employment in Australia than with us here at CVCheck. We are a National Police Checking Service (NPCS) accredited agency, which means we meet strict criteria from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), including verified company legitimacy and certain security requirements.

Using a secure online service such as that offered by CVCheck enables you to easily organise police background checks from your home or office. Results are then efficiently distributed electronically, providing you with instant access to your national police check online.

Please note: National police checks in Australia cannot be used for Immigration, Visa or IVF applications. 
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CVCheck, police agencies and ACIC work together, aiming to process 95% of national police checks within 10 business days, noting that:

  • 70% of all police background checks are completed within 1 business day
  • 25% are completed within 10 business days as they’ve been referred to one or more police agencies because an individual’s name is similar to a person of interest.
  • 5% may take 15 business days or more (depending on the complexity of the check). Additional information on delivery times can be found on the ACIC website.

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Smarter National Police Checks

CVCheck has revolutionised the way individuals and organisations obtain national police checks for employment, streamlining the process online so you can bypass the queues, paper forms and snail mail. There’s no smarter way to get a national police check in Australia.

Fast and 100% online

Fast and 100% Online

We’re connected directly to the Federal Police systems, so most results are returned in less than 1 day. Order from anywhere via our website and we’ll notify you as soon as your national police record check is ready to be downloaded.

Trusted and secure

Trusted and Secure

Our national police clearance certificates are ACIC accredited, so you are getting a complete and accurate history. CVCheck’s national police background checks are trusted by government departments, licensing authorities and employers.

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As Australia’s fastest-growing screening and verification service, we’ve helped more than 700, 000 enterprises, small businesses and individuals get the national police checks they need for CV and work, study or licensing approval. We can help you skip the queues, too.

National Police Checks - Australia

Australia: National Police Check
$54.90 incl GST
Estimated delivery time: 1 day *
Australia: AFP Check
$88.00 incl GST
Estimated delivery time: 15 days *

Who is CVCheck?

CVCheck is a leading provider of background checks and employment screening services in Australia and New Zealand, conducting more than 300,000 checks every year for individuals, small businesses, government departments and enterprise organisations.

So whether you’re a job seeker who needs a national police check fast before starting a new job, a small business owner wanting to perform reliable pre-employment checks before your next hire, or a HR manager at an organisation who is looking for a trusted partner to assist with large-scale employee screening, CVCheck have you covered.

Australian National Police Checks

Our secure online service means you can get a national police check for employment anywhere in Australia, no matter which state or territory you live in. Results are sent straight to your home or office electronically, giving you instant access to your national police clearance certificate online.

CVCheck is accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to provide Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks, often referred to by employers as national police checks or national police clearances in Australia, through the National Police Checking Service. National police history checks applied for through CVCheck are not issued by state police departments, but they do list an individual’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police jurisdictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

A National Police Check (NPC) or police clearance certificate, formally known as a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC), is a document that lists an individual’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police jurisdictions.

Certain convictions, such as spent or juvenile convictions, may not be disclosed on a national police background check in accordance with the legislation of the various police jurisdictions.

Certain convictions, such as a spent conviction or juvenile conviction may not be disclosed on a National Police Check.

A national police check in Australia can be ordered through bodies accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). CVCheck is accredited by ACIC to perform national police checks online, so you can simply create an account with us, then order and pay for your national police clearance certificate. Get started. Learn more about Australian National police checks.

A national police check (NPC) is a ‘point-in-time’ check and is current for employment as of the date of issue. A national police clearance certificate has no formal period of validity. However, many employers and organisations only accept a national police clearance that has been issued in the past 12 months.

A national police check in Australia costs $54.90 including GST.

The majority of national police checks are processed and the results returned within 1 business day.

However, approximately 30% of all national police checks ordered within Australia are referred for manual processing. If this occurs, the result may take from 1 – 15, and in some instances more, business days to be returned.

Processing of national police checks may take longer if the applicant shares similar details with other individuals recorded in police databases, particularly if they have a common name. It is therefore always recommended that applicants order their national police check for employment at least 2 weeks before the certificate is required.


This used to be a time-consuming task with applicants coming to our office with their IDs and documentation. The Recruitment Officer would have to copy all their papers and check the right ID was provided for the police check. In some instances the candidate would end up needing more documents and they’d have to organise to come back. Now the whole recruitment process is automated. Our checks go through CVCheck which is integrated with our custom-built CRM system and the process of screening candidates is now streamlined and smooth.
Renae Edey
Communications and Marketing Officer at Absolute Domestics
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* All turnaround times are estimated working times for Australian national police 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 police 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.

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