Meet character requirement for Australian VISA

You must be of good character to visit or live in Australia. This means you must pass the character test, and remain of good character.

You must meet the character requirements if you are applying for:

  • Visa
  • Australian citizenship

Immigration may ask to provide a police certificate (also called a penal clearance certificate) from every country you lived in. If immigration asks you for one, it will usually be if you are over 17 and lived in any of the countries, including Australia, for at least 12 months in the past 10 years.

Police certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. They must cover:

  • the time you turned 16 up to the issue date OR
  • the whole time you were in the country

Use Code 33 at Question 1 on the form and include details of all names you have been known by.

  • Immigration do not accept state or territory issued Australian police certificates.
  • Fingerprints are not needed for Australian police checks.

LINK TO APPLY AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE CHECK
NATIONAL POLICE CHECK (NPC) ONLINE APPLICATION FORM