Police Check

What is the purpose of an Australian Federal Police Check for Australian VISA?

Australian Federal Police Check

What is the Australian Federal Police Check?

A police certificate is an official document issued as a result of a background check by the police or government agency of a country to enumerate any criminal records that the applicant may have. Criminal records may include arrest, conviction, and possibly criminal proceedings.

What is the purpose of the Australian Federal Police Check?

It is an official document used to verify your current criminal status. It serves to prove the applicant is of sound character and is not deemed to be an undesirable person in terms of the law of the host country. Everyone who applies for most Australian VISA types (or Australian immigration purpose) need to show it as compulsory evidence.


How long will the National Police check take? & How much is an Australian Federal Police check?

Normally, National Police Checks take about five to seven business days and cost around $AU 42. The result will be posted as a hard copy to your postal address.

What documents are required for a Federal Police Check?

When applying for a Federal Police Check, you must provide proof of your identity. You are required to provide 100 points of identification, one of which must be either a passport (Australian or International) or an Australian Drivers License.

Category A

Each document is worth 70 points

  • Australian Passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
  • International Passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
Category B

The first document is worth 40 points, and each additional document is worth 25 points:

  • Australian Driver's License
  • Current Licence or Permit (Government Issued)
  • Working With Children/Teachers Registration Card
  • Aviation Security Identification Card/Maritime Security Identification Card
  • Public Employee Photo ID Card (Government Issued)
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card
  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card
  • Current Tertiary Education Institution Photo ID
Category C

Each document is worth 25 points

  • Birth Extract
  • Foreign/International Driver’s Licence
  • Proof of Age Card (Government Issued)
  • Medicare Card/Private Health Care Card
  • Council Rates Notice
  • Property Lease/Rental Agreement
  • Property Insurance Papers
  • Australian Tax Office Assessment
  • Superannuation Statement
  • Seniors Card
  • Motor Vehicle Registration or Insurance Documents
  • Professional or Trade Association Card

If relied upon, the following documents must be from different organisations:

  • Utility Bills (e.g. Telephone, Gas, Electricity, Water)
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Bank Statement/Passbook
Change of Name:

If the 100 Points of ID provided are under two or more different names (e.g. birth certificate in maiden name and driver's license in married name) then further identification documents will need to be provided as evidence of a name change (e.g. Marriage Certificate issued by a State or Territory Registry of Birth, Deaths and Marriages or Divorce Papers issued by the Family Court).

These documents DO NOT count towards the 100 Points of ID. If you use a change of name document, you must provide the other names you have used in the "Other Names" section of the online application form.





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