Australia Background Checks
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Available. Includes nationwide fingerprint check.
Procedures to be followed for visa subjects both inside and outside the country who wish to obtain clearances:
Subjects Inside of Australia: Subjects must go to any police station to obtain fingerprints and complete necessary forms for request.
Subjects Outside of Australia: Subjects must obtain a police-certified fingerprint set from the country of residence, accompanied by their DOB, sex, the country for which the certification is required for immigration, and the address of the requesting authority. This may be accomplished by calling the NSW police at 02-9689-7682. The package must also include a bank draft or an International money order. All items are then sent to:
N.S.W. Police Service
In Australia, individual's information is protected by the Privacy Act. The Privacy Act controls how an individual's personal information is collected, used, disclosed, kept and accessed. The Privacy Act has 11 information privacy principles. CRS checks provides background checks in accordance with the Privacy Act. We ask that you obtain release forms when conducting background checks on individuals in Australia. While we may not require that you provide us with a copy of the release form for every check it is important that you to obtain consent and keep this form on file to ensure compliance with the Privacy Act. For more information on all 11 principles of the Privacy Act, follow the link.
The Spent Convictions Scheme is part of the Crimes Act 1914 that was created to prevent discrimination based on individual's previous convictions. It is concerned with the collection, use and disclosure of old conviction information. The Scheme prevents discrimination against certain convictions, once 10 years has elapsed, the individual has shown that they have not re-offended and have met the other required criteria. The Spent Convictions Scheme also prevents discrimination against convictions that have been quashed or pardoned.
A crime is considered a spent conviction when ALL the following criteria are satisfied for a Commonwealth, Territory, State or foreign offence.
An individual with a conviction protected by this Act is not obligated to disclose the conviction to anyone including a Commonwealth Authority, unless there is an applicable exclusion involved. Commonwealth authorities are also not allowed to disclose or consider convictions protected under this Act unless they have consent to do so from the individual.
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