Sharing national policing information for a safer community

What is the National Police Checking Service?

CrimTrac provides national police checking services for a range of organisations across the country. These services involve checking the police history of potential employees on behalf of employers, such as government agencies, and non-government organisations.

A national police check involves identifying and releasing any relevant police information subject to relevant spent convictions/non-disclosure legislation and/or information release polices.   CrimTrac facilitates about 2.9 million national police checks a year through a decentralised process involving all Australian police services evaluating relevant police records with a view to determining the type and extent of the police information that can be released.

All national police checks must be undertaken with the informed consent of the person being checked, unless the check is mandated by relevant legislation.

The process includes:

Australia-New Zealand exchange of criminal information

Following a successful six month trial, the sharing of information for criminal history checks between Queensland and New Zealand has been extended.

The former Australian Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, Jason Clare, and New Zealand Minister of Justice, Judith Collins, agreed to extend the trial to July 2013. An agreement was reached in January 2012 between the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand to improve the exchange of criminal history information between the two countries.

How do I obtain a National Police Check?

Accredited Agencies

Agencies that have completed the National Police Checking Service accreditation process are listed in the following document:

NPCS Accredited Agency List (PDF 153kb)
NPCS Accredited Agency List (XLS 23kb)


Limitations on accuracy and use of police history information

While every care has been taken by CrimTrac to conduct a search of Police History Information held by Australian Police Agencies that relate to the applicant, the accuracy and quality of this National Police History Check (NPHC) depends on accurate identification of the Applicant (including aliases) according to the information provided in the Application Form and the comprehensiveness of police records.

The release of Police History Information by Australian Police Agencies is subject to relevant spent convictions, non-disclosure legislation or information release policies.

If for any reason you do not agree with the results of your NPHC, please notify the agency that you submitted the check through, so that the NPHC dispute process can be initiated.