Do you need an overseas criminal history record check?
If you have lived outside Australia as an adult (18 years of age and over) in a single country continuously for 12 months or more, you must:
- provide evidence of an ACT Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) general registration from the ACT Office of Regulatory Services (ORS); OR
- provide a criminal history record check for that country which covers the entire period you lived there; OR
- provide evidence of Australian permanent (indefinite) residency or citizenship if it has been granted since the period you lived overseas
What if I have not been able to obtain an overseas criminal history record check?
You must provide a Statutory Declaration stating that you:
- have/have not been charged, convicted or found guilty of a criminal offence under the laws of the country(ies) in which you resided AND
- have contacted the authorities in the relevant country (or countries) and requested an overseas police check and either:
- received no reply to the request OR
- the authorities have refused to supply it.
You should attach evidence of your attempts to obtain the record check, including certified copies of the forms and letters you sent. Addresses and requirements for overseas police certificates are available from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.