Police checks for occupational licensing purposes

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Licence holders

The information on this page applies to you if you are applying for an authorisation issued by one of the following Licensing Authorities:

Most occupational licensing applications must be accompanied by an Australian police check.  For further detail of when a police check is required refer to the relevant application form.

For specific information about accepted police checks for applications under the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004 please refer to Dangerous Goods licensing

A Police check can be either:

  1. A National Police Certificate (NPC) – available online from the WA Police or in person at a participating Australia Post outlet (in WA) or contact your local Police (outside of WA).  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NPCs

Unless WA Police issue you a Digital NPC, the original certificate, or a certified copy of the original, must be lodged with your application.

As documents cannot be returned to you, duly certified copies will be accepted should you wish to keep the original. The occupations authorised to certify documents  are those defined in Schedule 2 of the Oaths, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations Act 2005. The full list and information about witnessing documents can be found here.

OR

  1. A National Police History Check (NPHC) - from one of the following accepted providers (click on your preferred business to go to its website):

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NPHCs

You must ensure that you select “Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety licensing purposes” as the reason for the check.  If you select any other reason the NPHC may not be accepted by us and you will be required to obtain another copy at your cost. The provider will not be liable for replacement certificates in this instance.

The cost and process to apply (online, by mail or in person) for a NPHC is set by each provider listed, so you are encouraged to shop around for the service that best meets your individual needs.  

As most of the accepted providers issue a digital certificate, Licensing Services does not require an original NPHC as the certificate will be verified during the processing of your application.

Accepted providers must meet certain minimum requirements in order for their NPHCs to be accepted by the department for licensing purposes. The acceptance of the NPHCs does not represent any affiliation between the department and these private businesses.

Organisations accredited by the Australian Criminal intelligence Commission as an “accredited body servicing the public” can request to be an accepted NPHC provider. Please contact Licensing Services by email for further information.

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