We conduct an Australian criminal history check when you apply for registration for the first time. This is to ensure only those practitioners who are suitable and safe to practice are granted registration in Australia.
When you first apply for registration, you are required to declare any criminal history in Australia and overseas.
Once registered, you must advise us of any changes to your criminal history, including if you are:
Under the National Law, a National Board may obtain a report about your criminal history at any time.
We conduct an Australian criminal history check and obtain a criminal history report on your behalf as part of assessing your application for registration. Criminal history checks are obtained through the National Police Checking Service (NPCS) of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).
Where required, we will provide you with a copy of your criminal history report if a result is received.
We ask for you to consent to the criminal history check as part of your application for registration and in your application for renewal of registration. When you consent, you are consenting to a criminal history check to be obtained at any time during the period of registration, as required by the National Board in accordance with National Law.
Criminal history checks and identity
To meet the requirements of the ACIC Agreement:
Identity documents provided to Ahpra are valid for a period of ten years.
If you wish to dispute your Australian criminal history result, please contact us. You cannot dispute your result directly with ACIC.
The infographic below is a general guide of how a dispute process works.
Potential outcomes of the dispute
Successful dispute: If the dispute is found by the relevant police agency to be successful, ACIC will work to have the result amended.
Unsuccessful dispute: If the dispute is deemed unsuccessful then the result will remain as is. Due to privacy concerns, ACIC may not be able to provide Ahpra with specific details about why the dispute is unsuccessful.
During the dispute process we may need further information from you to support your dispute claim. The information required may include one or all of the following:
Once the dispute process is completed we will be in contact with you to either request further information or to advise you of the outcome of your dispute.
While it is not mandated under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (TTMR) arrangements, the National Law allows a National Board to check a practitioner’s criminal history at any time. Practitioners registered under TTMR will be required to:
More information, including the link to Ahpra approved suppliers is available on our International criminal history checks page.