National Police Checks vs Australian Federal Police Checks

You need to get a police check, but you’re not sure whether you need a National Police Check or a Federal Police Check. In most instances (such as employment), you will only need to obtain a National Police Check. Below we break down exactly what each check is and what they’re used for, so you can get a quick overview of which check you need.

What is it?


National Police Checks

A National Police Check (NPC) is a document that lists an individual’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police jurisdictions provided by the State Police.


Australian Federal Police Checks

An Australian Federal Police Check is a document that lists an individual’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police jurisdictions, provided by the Federal Police.

What will it show?


National Police Checks

All disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police jurisdictions. Certain convictions, such as spent or juvenile convictions, may not be disclosed on a NPC in accordance with the legislation of the various police jurisdictions.


Australian Federal Police Checks

All convictions including spent or juvenile convictions will be disclosed, including disclosable court outcomes and pending charges sourced from the databases of all Australian police jurisdictions.

What check should I order?


National Police Checks

Order a National Police Check (NPC) anytime a Police Check is required, unless you fall into one of the categories in the right hand column.


Australian Federal Police Checks

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) can only provide Police Checks for:
– People seeking employment with the Commonwealth Government
– People requiring a check under Commonwealth legislation
– Australian immigration purposes
– People who reside overseas
– Overseas employment
– Overseas adoption
– Visa applications for overseas travel
– Residents of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Jervis Bay Territory and external Commonwealth territories

All other applicants should use a National Police Check (NPC).

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