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Australian Police Background Checks

How to obtain an Australian police background check

Individuals who need an Australian police background check whilst residing overseas must make the request themselves to the relevant Australian police authority.

Some Australian states do not provide checks for people residing overseas but direct the applicant to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The AFP can issue a National Police Clearance Certificate for criminal records that cover all Australian states and territories. The AFP has advised that this certificate is acceptable in all countries but you should confirm that the local authority requesting your background check would accept the AFP-issued certificate.

Further information, including how to apply online, details of fees and how to obtain fingerprints (if required) are provided via the links below.

AFP – Australian Federal Police National Police Checks

New South Wales Criminal Records Section

Northern Territories Police Record Checks

Queensland Criminal History Checks

South Australia Police Record Checks

Tasmania Police History Record Checks

Victoria Police Record Checks

Western Australia Police Record Checks