National Police Check
To protect families and provide them with peace of mind Find a Grandparent requires all prospective Surrogate Grandparents to obtain a National Police Check or equivalent before their profile will be activated and shown on the website.
Obtaining a National Police Check is a standard procedure for persons wanting to perform volunteer work with children. We at Find a Grandparent feel that being a Surrogate Grandparent is a similar role and are therefore requesting the National Police Check.
Please note that for South Australia we can only accept the Working with Children Check and no other police checks due to SA legislation.
Do you already have a National Police Check?
If you already have a National Police Check please contact us via our contact form to see if it is acceptable. The main criteria for the National Police Check is that it is for volunteer work with children.
We accept National Police Checks that match the above criteria and are not older than 12 months.
Do you accept other types of checks as a replacement for the National Police Check?
Yes, we do. See the list below for what other documents we accept.
- NSW Working with Children Check -https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check - as issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian.
- QLD Blue Card - www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/ - as issued by the commission for children and young people and child guardian.
- SA Working with Children Check - https://screening.sa.gov.au/types-of-check/working-with-children-check - as issued by the Government of South Australia.
- VIC Working with Children Check - https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ - as issued by the Department of Justice of the Victorian Government.
- VIC Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) card - www.vit.vic.edu.au - as issued by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. A satisfactory National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC) not older than 1 year must be noted on that card.
- WA Working with Children Check - https://workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au/ - as issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit, Department for Child Protection and Family Support.
The check or card must be not older than 12 months at the time of signing up with Find a Grandparent.
If you have another type of check and want to know if we accept it please contact us via our contact form.
How and where can you get your National Police Check?
Please have a look at the links below for more information about obtaining a National Police Check. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and there may be more providers where a National Police Check can be obtained from.
You can contact us via our contact form should you have questions regarding obtaining the National Police Check.
The following links can be used to obtain a National Police Check in any Australian state:
- National Crime Check - www.nationalcrimecheck.com.au - is a commercial provider for National Police Checks. The cost for a volunteer check is currently A$29.50 and this is the cheapest option that we have found.
Please follow the link for Police Check for Individuals . At step 1 of the process choose Volunteering as the Check Type. We do not require a finger print check.
This is a web based service, however you will need to send some printed documentation to National Crime Check before you will obtain your National Police Check.
- The Australian Federal Police (AFP) - www.afp.gov.au - is a further option to obtain the National Police Check from. It currently costs A$42. Click here to get to the page with the relevant information.
If you use this option please make sure to use Code Number 37 at 1. Purpose of NPC on the application form. We do not require a finger print check.
The following government website provides information about how to obtain a national police check through your local police service:
- CRIMTRAC - www.crimtrac.gov.au - is a government organisation dealing with national information-sharing service for Australia's police, law enforcement and national security agencies. The relevant information regarding how to obtain a National Police Check through your local police service can be found by clicking here .
Remember that you must request a National Police Check for volunteer work with children. We do not require a finger print check.