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Who maintains Criminal History Records in Australia?

The Police The Police services in Australia currently maintain criminal history records. Each separate state in Australia and other police jurisdictions have their own processes for capturing details of court convictions and storing this information in its police system. Each of these systems format and components of a criminal history record varies from jurisdiction to […]

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Should your business conduct Police Checks?

Background: The need to conduct criminal history checks on staff or potential candidates depends on a number of different factors. Some occupations legally require police checks under legislative or regulatory frameworks for registration, licensing or employment purposes. Some of these occupations may include, but are not limited to; lawyers, community care workers, teachers, the police, […]

Your privacy and personal data matters

InterCheck is now a proud partner of Stay Smart Online, an Australian government incentive designed to raise awareness around the risks and implications of sharing personal and financial information online. As the most innovative and fast growing background check platform in Australia, we are trusted by thousands of individuals, businesses and communities to hold and protect […]

Preventing Fraud In Your Workplace

A major cause of loss within many businesses is internal fraud practices. Each year, an average company can lose five percent of it’s revenue through fraud. It may not seem like much, but five percent can be a major loss to a small business, meaning the difference between a successful year and one that can […]

Pre-employment Screening: Know Who You Hire

If you are considering hiring a new recruit to your business, it is recommended that you conduct a pre-employment screening. This process is especially important if your business involves working with children or in matters of law and justice. It’s not a question of distrust, but rather proper due diligence on your part. It is […]

New Application Form Update – 2017

At InterCheck we have been working hard behind the scenes the last few months to introduce you the new application form which makes the process of obtaining a police check much easier and faster. 1. Changes in the new application form! 2. If you are an existing user, this change will not affect your current […]

Need A Police Check For That Teaching Job?

If you’re a teacher looking for a new job, one thing is for sure: you’ll need to obtain a police check. An essential part of your application because it reassures the organisation you’re applying to that you don’t have a criminal history they need to be concerned with. After all, the safety of students is […]

Intercheck for Make-a-Wish

For the month of October InterCheck will be partnering up with Make-a-Wish Australia to help grant wishes to kids diagnosed with critical illnesses. This is an excellent opportunity to join forces with one of Australia’s most reputable charities and support all the great work they do. Make-a-Wish is a charity that supports thousands of kids […]

[INFOGRAPHIC] Steps on assessing applicants with a criminal history

Businesses are entitled to ask prospective employees about their criminal past but should be careful when responding to the answers. Employers or recruiters can require applicants to consent to a criminal record check, they have to pay attention to how and what to ask about someone’s criminal record in an interview This means some offences […]

How to stay safe online and protect yourself

Millions of people use social media every day to keep up to date with friends and family. However, it’s becoming a way for scammers to steal personal information and money from users. In 2015 Australians lost $229 million to scams. Nearly 40 percent of scam approaches occurred through email, over the internet or through a […]

How to Handle Job Applications from People with a Criminal Record

As a business owner or hiring manager, it is prudent to conduct Criminal History Checks on existing employees or new recruits, to ensure your business is safe from potential risks. By hiring any individual with a criminal history that undermines their credibility to perform their role, you could be jeopardising the safety of your workplace, […]

How Police Checks are Used to Keep Society and Citizens Safe

It is the right of every Australian citizen to be safe in their daily lives – whether it is in their own homes, at work, or while using a service provider. Besides using our common sense and basic instincts, we can now rely on formal processes such as police checks to verify whether a stranger […]

How can individuals apply for a criminal history check?

Individuals have a number of different ways to apply for a police check. They can either go to their local police station to apply, or alternatively they can apply through a commercial background checking service provider, who has access to a ACIC- accredited “broker”. This is generally the quickest and simplest method, as Police Checks can be processed […]

The easy guide to a successful student placement in hospitals

The advantage of student nurse placements is that they are your chance to take the skills you’ve learnt in the classroom and apply them in a hospital ward. It’s a valuable opportunity to gain a real insight into life as a qualified nurse, plus it enables you to develop and refine the things you have […]

How to dispute your police check results in Australia

  All job seekers should appreciate the importance of a National Police Certificate, as most employers consider it an essential document in their background checking process. The results from the National Name Index (NNI) are usually correct, but errors can occur from time to time. When they do, you should take a proactive approach to […]

CrimTrac to be folded into Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

  From the 1st of July, two of Australia’s most important law enforcement and criminal information agencies – CrimTrac and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) – will merge to become the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. The website will become www.acic.gov.au. This merger is vital, as our law enforcement and protection agencies need accurate information and […]

Create a Positive Culture Around Police Checks & Background Screening

How to Create a Positive Culture Around Police Checks As a business owner, it is advisable for you to request potential or existing employees to undergo police checks as part of the company’s risk mitigation strategy. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to protect your employees, clients, and reputation, from individuals […]

How to conduct Police Checks on Potential and Current Employees

Conducting criminal history checks for existing or potential new staff is now becoming common practice in Australia. For many industries, conducting criminal history checks is a mandatory requirement, however, in recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of criminal history checks conducted as more organisations conduct criminal history checks as a […]

What to do when an applicant refuses to undertake a Criminal History Check?

Employers can only conduct a criminal history check with the informed consent of the individual. Employees are often reluctant to disclose their criminal history for fear that their colleagues or the management team in the organisation will discover undisclosed personal information and that they will be subjected to harassment or discrimination with the possibility of […]

The actual cost of a bad hire is not what you think

Keeping up with the growing demands of your fast-paced business can be a handful. As soon as a vacancy arises, you want it filled immediately so your clients don’t suffer, or other employees don’t feel overworked. Considering how competitive the labour market is today, you probably want to lock down a good candidate before someone […]

How to have a document certified

Bring the copy and original documents to one of the witnesses listed below Make a photocopy of the original document Have them sight the original and stamp/sign the front of the photocopied document. Below is an example of a certified stamp: Below is an example of a certified stamp: Below are occupations or persons before […]

Job Interview Advice for Ex-Offenders

Going for a job interview can be nerve-wracking for anyone. You’ve got to make sure that you dress appropriately, arrive on time – or just a few minutes beforehand – and have a few copies of your resume printed out to take with you. Sometimes you’ll also need copies of your qualifications. For ex-offenders, there’s […]

What is the manual review process

There are a small number of checks may take longer to process and thus, will be flagged for manual review. This means your application will be manually reviewed by the police for further investigation.  There are many reasons as to why this may occur.  These reasons may include: You having a common name, or a […]

What are the Different Types of Pre-Employment Checks?

There are a range of pre-employment checks that a business may decide to use when screening its candidates. Candidate screening usually occurs so the workplace can confirm a person’s suitability for the role on offer. Screenings can also evaluate whether or not a candidate has the necessary skills and training to perform a particular role. […]

The reasons why conducting background checks on new hires is insufficient

Performing a background check on potential employees before hiring them is a standard part of the hiring process for many companies in various industries. You need to be aware of any potential issues regarding an employee’s criminal history, work history, and other aspects of their background that could affect their ability to do their job. […]

Pre-employment Screening Checks are booming in 2017

This article was first published on www.hrdaily.com.au Pre-employment screening is experiencing a boom phase, with four checks in particular set to become even more popular in 2017, a specialist says.

How to Network Professionally, and a List of Resources to Get You Started

When it comes to finding a job, job networking is almost crucial these days. Networking is also considered the best method when it comes to hiring, gaining a reference, and making professional connections. Here we’ve gathered the best networking websites, as well as tips and advice from experts, to get you started on your networking […]

How to Judge the Personality of a Candidate in a Job Interview

Looking for the right job candidate can be difficult, but it doesn’t always have to be. Many companies are now focusing on evaluating the personality traits and potential culture fit of candidates in order to find the individual most suited for the job and environment. Recruiters use targeted interview questions and techniques that help them […]

How to Dress For a Job Interview

Whether we like it or not, first impressions are important. During interviews, in particular, first impressions are everything. Your appearance is the first thing people notice about you, and it can take as little as a tenth of a second for the interviewer to form an initial opinion about your suitability for the job. So, […]

Guide to Police Clearance and Criminal Record in South Australia

Conducting police checks is now a common practice amongst employers across Australia. Knowing about your criminal history helps businesses assess your integrity and reliability as an employee. It is, however, equally important for you to know what you’re signing up for when you consent to a police check. What information is released on a criminal […]

How to do a free background check

Overview: Technology has made it increasingly easy for us to share our lives with others – both instantly and constantly. Yet, as we leave traces of our online footprint every time we surf the web, it has become more important than ever for us to be concerned about data privacy. However, there are a few […]

How to find your first job in Nursing

It is estimated that there will be a shortage of around 109,000 nurses in Australia by the year 2025. However, many newly qualified nurses are struggling to find jobs, leaving a generation of graduates in limbo. This guide will provide useful information and tips to help graduate nurses find their first job.

The Employer’s Roadmap for Hiring a Prospective Employee

All employers, whether they work in a big or small organisation, will at some point find the need to hire a new employee. This could either be for a new role in the company or a recently vacated one. To ensure you’re equipped with hiring skills when the time comes, this guide will cover the […]

How to drive for on-demand transport in Australia

The popularity of on-demand transport services has exploded over the past few years. In truth, it is the greatest phenomenon to hit the internet generation. However, it isn’t only the consumers that can benefit from the advancements in this field. It’s an industry that opens up many doors for aspiring and experienced commercial drivers too. […]

Dos and Don’ts Before a Job Interview

You’ve just landed that all important interview for your dream job. While it’s easy to get excited and start making future plans, there are a few things you need to do to ensure you have the best chances of landing the position of your dreams. So we’ll run you through some of the very important […]

Criminal background checks and obtaining employment – what you need to know

By McDonald Murholme Principal, Andrew Jewell Recently, Victorian anti-paedophile senator Derryn Hinch is leading a campaign for Australian paedophiles to have their passports cancelled following high-profile cases of child exploitation in South-East Asia. As there are more than 20,000 Australians on the National Child Offender Register, the proposed laws would prohibit offenders travelling overseas in […]

Assessing Disclosable Court Outcomes

When a police check reveals a disclosable court outcome or any outstanding charges, the relevant manager in charge of the screening process must follow some basic steps before proceeding further. At this stage, the relevant manager should: a)  Advise the employee that a criminal record has been released, so that the applicant has the right […]

A Guide to Criminal Records in Victoria

With an increasing nationwide focus on safety and security, together with the tightening of various industry compliance requirements, many people now undergo mandatory criminal record checks – whether as part of their employment contracts, or application procedures for overseas visas. It is, therefore, essential to know what it means to have a criminal record: what […]

5 simple tips for retailers to scale its seasonal hiring

With the holiday season just around the corner, most retailers across the country are now gearing up to recruit a new batch of casual employees. As shelves and racks get raided by customers trying to purchase last minute presents or score the sales – businesses need all the help they can get to tackle the […]

11 Top Executives Who Lied on their Resumes

Have you ever lied on your resume? Or received applications from potential candidates with fabricated claims about their qualifications and achievements? The recent Brian Williams scandal has shone the spotlight on the lengths some people can go to secure the job of their dreams! The iconic NBC news anchor repeatedly told, for twelve years, a […]

Managing Director Service Continuity Statement

Managing Director Service Continuity Statement As COVID-19 increasingly impacts and influences the world, InterCheck Australia reaffirms our commitment to providing a safe working environment for our team, and guarantees service continuity for all our business and community services customers. InterCheck has implemented a business continuity plan which allows us to maintain our usual flow of […]

Intercheck for Make-a-Wish

For the month of October InterCheck will be partnering up with Make-a-Wish Australia to help grant wishes to kids diagnosed with critical illnesses. This is an excellent opportunity to join forces with one of Australia’s most reputable charities and support all the great work they do. Make-a-Wish is a charity that supports thousands of kids […]

#Culture@IC : Brendan Peel

This series gives a chance to showcase the team here at InterCheck. We asked everyone a few questions which will give you an opportunity to get to know….

How do you terminate an employee with a criminal record?

Finding out that an employee at your organisation has a criminal record which impacts their suitability for the role they’ve been hired for, can put you in an uncomfortable position. Your first reaction may be to remove them from that position with immediate effect, especially if you’re worried about any risks they present to your company.

Where can I acquire a police check?

If your organisation wants to conduct police checks on current or potential staff members, depending on your needs and circumstances, you can source them from one the following:

What are the components of a robust police check policy?

If you want to incorporate police checks into your organisation’s criminal history screening process, you should consider developing a comprehensive written policy first. The advantages are numerous.

What to do when your employee has a criminal record?

Have you ever run criminal history checks on future or current staff members hoping to not find anything – but then you did? Being prepared in these situations will make life easier for your organisation.

What legislation applies when conducting a police check?

You’ve run a criminal history check and found something! What do you do now? Or rather, what can you do now?

Can an individual refuse to undergo a police check?

Mitigating employment risks for your organisation may mean that you need to conduct a criminal history check for new and existing employees. Doing so can help you assess any risks they pose for your organisation’s reputation, your clients, and, your workforce.

Should I be conducting a police check on my staff?

Thinking of hiring a new employee? It’s worth checking whether you need to run a police check on your potential candidate.

How do I conduct police checks on existing employees?

Is one of your existing employees moving into another position that exposes them to a different level of risk from their current role? Do your homework to find out if an employment background check is required before they step into the new role.

How do I conduct a police check on new employees?

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