Please see some helpful hints below for conducting employment background checks in Australia.


Scope of Criminal Record Check

Australian Federal Police


  • ESIQ International Criminal Order History Form
  • ESIQ Authorization and Release of Information
  • National Police Check Consent Form
  • AFP Application Form with signature (except sections 6 and 7)
  • Please choose the correct purpose code for this check from the list in page 3. Insert the code in Section 1 of page 1. The default code is 30 which means general pre-employment screening. Specific roles may have different codes and this dictates the type of information presented on the certificate. Make sure to choose the correct code for each application.
  • Address history over the last 5 years, in Australia and abroad. If you have left Australia more than 5 years ago, provide also your last address in Australia. Use a separate sheet if more space is needed.
  • Color Copy of a form of Identification document (scanned)
  • Accepted IDs: Passport, national identity card, driver’s license and voter registration cards.
    • NOTE: Passports are required unless the candidate is applying for a position within the country they have citizenship.

Turnaround Time

Estimated Turnaround Time: 15-20 business days

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.