Criminal Record Check

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Not All Criminal Record Checks are Created Equal

Whether your hiring program is specific to one location or you’re onboarding candidates from all around the world, getting a complete picture of an applicant’s criminal history can be more complex than you might think. At Sterling, we make it easy for employers to make safer hiring decisions, through a combination of robust yet simple to use solutions and technology that allows us to:

  • Deliver fast, accurate criminal record check results – through secure and easy to use experiences
  • Highlight best practice considerations for your screening program – our criminology experts are available to discuss the convictions that we uncover
  • Customised implementation – our experienced Client Success team will work with you to design a program that is efficient and effective for your organisation
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Global Reach, Local Knowledge

Depending on the country in question, the agency conducting the criminal record check and any associated service will vary. Sterling works closely with national bodies as well as a wealth of other global safeguarding authorities, ensuring we are perfectly positioned to offer the appropriate level of criminal record check for any employment position, anywhere in the world.

When it comes to criminal checks, our dedicated team of experts will assist in determining the correct level of criminal record check for your candidates, and will help to ensure the application is submitted along with all accompanying documentation, minimising delays in processing.

What is a Criminal Record Check?

A criminal record check can be a crucial step towards a robust employment screening program for many organisations. This is particularly the case where a role involves working with vulnerable populations or positions of trust and may include roles for employers within education, healthcare, financial services, and government organisations amongst others.

After Right to Work checks, which are obligatory for all Australian employers, the criminal record check is the most commonly performed background check. There are different levels of criminal record checks and related services available to employers in the ANZ region.

Sterling is an ACIC Accredited Body. Contact us to find out how we can support your hiring needs.

International Criminal Record Searches

Sterling is able to provide international Criminal Record Searches, where available and legally compliant. The process, turnaround time, and cost will vary depending on the jurisdiction.

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A Note on Old convictions

Each state has different laws about old convictions (also known as ‘spent convictions’). Under spent conviction laws, employees and job applicants don’t have to disclose old convictions to anyone unless the law specifically requires them to.

In some cases, you must disclose old convictions, such as when you apply for a blue card.

Police will not give an employer information about a spent conviction unless they are legally required to do so.

If an employer finds out about a spent conviction by other means, such as word of mouth, they are not allowed to consider it when deciding whether to offer you a job.

Find out about criminal records and spent convictions in Australia here.

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