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How do I obtain a police (criminal history) records check?

Information about obtaining a police records check in Australia.

Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA)

Provides policing policy and strategic advice, research capacity, knowledge management and information sharing services to Police Ministers and Commissioners throughout the Australian Commonwealth, its states and territories, and New Zealand.

Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Responsible for preventing, detecting and investigating serious and systemic corruption issues in the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Australian Transaction Reporting and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the CrimTrac Agency, prescribed aspects of the Department of Agriculture (relating to various Biosecurity functions) and the former National Crime Authority.

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Australian Federal Police (AFP)

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the principal law enforcement agency through which the Australian Government pursues its law enforcement interests. The AFP is unique in Australian law enforcement in that its functions relate both to community policing and to investigations of offences against Commonwealth law enforcement in Australia and overseas.

Australian Federal Police

Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM)

The Australian Institute of Police Management is part of the Australasian Common Police Services. The Institute provides executive leadership and management development opportunities to improve the corporate performance and productivity of Australasian law enforcement and allied agencies.

Australian Institute of Police Management


The CrimTrac Agency was established as a major national policing initiative for the 21st century and will allow Australian police services to take advantage of the dramatic opportunities opened up by recent advances in forensic science, information technology and communications.

CrimTrac Agency

National Institute of Forensic Science

The National Institute of Forensic Science ( NIFS ) is an integral part of and support base for the forensic science community by working in partnership with all elements of that community, (police, scientists, medical, lawyers, courts and coroners) for the advancement of forensic science.

National Institute of Forensic Science

National Missing Persons Coordination Centre

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre is located with the Australian Federal Police in Canberra. The centre works with state and territory Police Services and community based organisations to ensure there is a national, coordinated approach to the location of missing persons, reducing the incidence and impact of missing persons and educating the broader community to the significance of the missing persons phenomena.

Australian Federal Police

National police checks

The Australian Federal Police provides National Police Checks (criminal history checks) for residents of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Jervis Bay Territory and other external Commonwealth territories, people seeking employment with the Australian Government, people requiring a check under Commonwealth legislation, e.g. Aviation Security, Immigration purposes, volunteers and charities (ACT only), overseas employment, adoption, including overseas adoption, and visa applications. All other applicants should contact the Criminal Records section of their relevant state or territory police department.

Australian Federal Police

Report a missing person

If you have serious concerns for the safety and welfare of a person, and their whereabouts are unknown, then you may immediately report them missing to local police by filing a missing persons report. You do not have to wait 24 hours to report someone as missing.

Australian Federal Police

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