Sharing national policing information for a safer community
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:
Following a successful six month trial, the sharing of information for criminal history checks between Queensland and New Zealand has been extended.
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.
For further information about the trial, please view the announcements from Jason Clare, Minister for Home Affairs and Justice:
Agencies that have completed the National Police Checking Service
accreditation process are listed in the following document: