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Update to the Police Check

From 01 July 2018 the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has decided to make a number of changes to the way National Police Checks are conducted. This will be in effect for all brokers of Police Checks including State Police agencies and the Australian Federal Police.

Changes to Identity Verification

Australia has said goodbye to the 100 points of identity system for police checks. A new system where the applicant will need to produce four (4) identity documents is being introduced. The identity requirement will consist of:
1 x Commencement of Identity document
1 x Primary use in the community document; and
2 x Secondary use in the community documents.
The good news is that having to have copies certified will become a thing of the past. Applicants will be able to send digital photographs or scans of their ID document without having them certified as true copies.

Commencement of Identity documents

The following identity documents fit into the Commencement of identity category:
(You must use one (1) document from this category)
 full Australian Birth Certificate (not an extract or birth card)
 current Australian passport (not expired)
 Australian Visa current at time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist
 ImmiCard issued by Department of Home Affairs (previously the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) that enables the cardholder to prove their Visa and/or migration status and enrol in services
 certificate of identity issued by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
 document of identity issued by DFAT to Australian citizens or persons who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes
 certificate of evidence of resident status.

Primary use in the Community documents

The following documents fit into the Primary use in the community category:
(You must use (1) document from this category)
 current Australian drivers licence, Learner Permit or Provisional Licence issued by a state or territory, showing a signature and/or photo and the same name as claimed
 Australian Marriage Certificate issued by a state or territory (church or Celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
 current passport issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or Visa
 current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a signature and photo
 current shooters or firearms licence showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence)
 for persons under 18 years of age with no other Primary Use in Community Documents, a current Student Identification Card with a signature or photo
If the applicant is unable to meet the minimum proof of identity requirements by producing either a Commencement of Identity document or a Primary Use in the Community document, you may have to use the special provisions option.

Secondary use in the Community documents

The following identity documents fit into the Secondary use in the community documents category
(You must use (2) documents from this category)
 Certificate of Identity issued by DFAT
 Document of Identity issued by DFAT
 Convention Travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by DFAT
 foreign government issued documents (for example, drivers licence)
 Medicare card
 enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission
 security guard or crowd control photo licence
 evidence of right to an Australian government benefit (Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs)
 Consular Photo Identity card issued by DFAT
 photo identity card issued to an officer by a police force
 photo identity card issued by the Australian Defence Force
 photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government
 Aviation Security Identification Card
 Maritime Security Identification card
 Credit Reference check
 Australian tertiary student photo identity document
 Australian secondary student photo identity document
 certified academic transcript from an Australian university
 trusted referees report
 Bank card
 Credit card.

The combination of all of the identity documents must include at least the applicants’ full name, date of birth and a photograph.

Thanks to Crim Check for this information.

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