National Police Checks are a service offered by the Australian Federal Police. They are available only in specific circumstances or if you live in the ACT. Circumstances include checks under Commonwealth legislation and those seeking employment with the Commonwealth Government. Businesses and potential employees in other states can not request a criminal history check through the AFP and should refer to their state police or an accredited provider.

Applications can be done online or via post. Certificates provided are printed on secure paper and include a number of security features such as watermarks.

In addition to a National Police Certificate, the AFP also performs Fingerprint Checks and Company Checks.

A Fingerprint Check is used when there is a requirement for such a check to be conducted. This is usually due to a legal requirement or for regulatory reasons.

An AFP Company Check can be conducted which details any convictions or charges against a company. As with individual checks, companies must provide authorisation to allow this to take place. These are usually performed to meet with legislative or regulatory requirements for specific industries.

The address for the division is:

AFP Criminal Records, Locked Bag 8550, Canberra City ACT 2601

Q How much does a check cost?

The cost of a National Police Certificate is $42. Company checks are also $42. Fingerprint Check and National Police Checks are $139 where AFP takes and processes fingerprints, and $99 when fingerprints are supplied.

* Prices at Febraury 2019

Q I don't live in the ACT, where can I have a check done?

Most state and territory police forces throughout Australia provide a criminal history checking service. There are also many accredited organisations now providing national police certificates throughout the country. To find such services, select police checks through the search or visit the criminal records page.

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