A National Police Certificate (NPC) is a summary of your offender history in Australia. It's sometimes called a national police check.
You must use the AFP if your request is for Commonwealth or ACT reasons.
You might need a national police check for things such as:
- recruitment and job applications
- volunteer and not-for-profit positions
- working with children or vulnerable groups
- licensing or registration scheme applications
- work-related checks due to legislation or regulations
- Australian citizenship and permanent residence applications
- visa applications for some countries
- working overseas.
You will need to state the purpose of the police check on your application. Different purposes might lead to different results, depending on relevant laws.
Anyone can apply for an NPC for their own use. But you cannot apply for an NPC for someone else without their consent.
If you're younger than 18, you'll need a parent or guardian to co-sign your application. If you cannot do this, contact us.
What is included in a police check
We compare your details, such as name and date of birth, against a central index. We then work out what information to include, subject to laws and current policies.
Your NPC will list 'disclosable court outcomes' released in line with federal, state and territory laws, including the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) and the Spent Convictions Act 2000 (ACT).
Our national police check also uses information from all Australian police services to list any:
- local and interstate criminal and traffic court outcomes
- outstanding warrants
- pending charges, where you have been charged with an offence but have not yet been to court.
Depending on the relevant state or territory legislation, it may not include:
- convictions considered 'spent' under federal or state legislation
- guilty findings without conviction.
Some categories of employment or purposes of the check are exempt from any relevant legislation.
We cannot tell you in advance what may or may not be on your NPC. You'll need to check with the criminal records section of the relevant state or territory police service.
Fees and charges
Each NPC application costs $47. If you need to supply fingerprints as part of your application, the total cost is $104.
Application fees are exempt from GST.
If you need us to do an NPC on an Australian company, visit Company checks.