Elite Screening Australia

Work VISA Entitlement Check + Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check

Are you looking to work in Australia, but are not an Australian citizen?

Even if you hold a Visa, a “right to work” check is an affordable way to ensure you comply with all Australian laws.

If you are an employer, a right to work check gives you the peace of mind you need when considering an applicant.

What fines could I face by working illegally?

If you decide to, or accidentally work illegally in Australia, you could face fines of up to $63,000 and/or five years’ imprisonment.

Companies face an additional $315,000. The Australian Department of Home Affairs enforces these regulations heavily.

How do I check that I’m legally able to work in Australia?

To ensure you, or your workers comply with all Australian laws and Australian employer standards, it is recommended that you obtain two checks:

  • An Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, this costs $43.50
  • A right to work check, this costs $5.00

You can start both checks right now by clicking the button below. If you run a business and need multiple checks and streamlined services, please contact us here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can legally work in Australia?

In Australia, you can legally work if you are:

  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen.
  • An Australian permanent resident.
  • Have the right Visa.

Please note, Australian visas can have restrictions including only being able to work for a certain employer or a specific number of hours.

Note: Foreign nationals who don’t have a valid visa are not allowed to work in Australia. This can include a person whose visa has expired or been cancelled.

How can I run work visa entitlement checks?

If you manage an organisation and are looking to run right-to-work checks on your employees or volunteers, we have two simple options available. You can either bundle the right-to-work check check alongside a police check, or you can process your right-to-work checks “standalone” without needing a corresponding Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check.

This flexibility allows your to easily re-check and monitor candidates without needing a full police check each time. For foreign workers, it’s important to always re-check your candidates on a regular basis, in case of any changes to their visa term or conditions.

Both options — bundled and standalone — are also available for API integration or via our ESAsecure application.

Who is Elite Screening Australia?

Elite Screening Australia is an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredited agency. Our systems are connected to the department of immigration’s Visa Entitlement, so you can quickly obtain accredited NCCHC, right to work checks.

Do work visa entitlement checks use the VEVO database?

We connect to the department of home affairs VEVO system to confirm work visa entitlement status with the exception of New Zealand citizens.

For NZ citizens we are able to verify the validity of their citizenship via our access to global databases. NZ residents may still need to confirm work rights in Australia. Please note, only registered Australian companies can obtain a standalone VEVO check.

What data do we collect?

In order for Elite Screening Australia to be able to process your work visa entitlement check, you are required to provide your passport.

What is included in a work visa entitlement check?

Work Visa Entitlement Checks confirm the legal work rights of non-Australian residents, foreign nationals and individuals holding Australian visas.

This check displays:

  • Visa class / subclass
  • Full Name
  • Visa grant date and expiry date
  • Location of the applicant (Onshore or Offshore)
  • Work entitlement(s) including any conditions

What types of Australian work visas can be confirmed?

Work Visa Entitlement checks with Elite Screening Australia can confirm your eligibility to work in Australia for all types of work visas like these:

  • Bridging Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Temporary Graduate Visa
  • Employer Sponsored Visa
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Partner/Spouse Visa
  • Provisional Visa
  • Permanent Residency Visa
  • Citizens of New Zealand

Which industries need work visa entitlement checks?

As a non-Australian citizen, if you choose to work in Australia, all industries require a work visa entitlement check. Some of these include but are not limited to:

  • Lawyers & Solicitors
  • Medical practitioners
  • Finance & Accountants
  • Therapists
  • Child Care Services
  • Uber & Rideshare Drivers
  • Truck & Bus Drivers
  • Forklift & Machine Operators
  • Fruitpickers & Farm hands
  • Construction workers
  • Skilled Tradespeople
  • Engineers & Technicians
  • Computer & IT
  • Entertainers & Artists
  • Craftspeople
  • Chefs, Waitresses & Bar staff

Why is a work visa entitlement check important?

Temporary Visas can sometimes be cancelled. Or, before the original visa has expired a visa holder may apply for a substantive visa.

Those visas may not have the same job privileges as the employee’s original visa. Unless the visa status is routinely reviewed, employers won’t pick up on these issues.

Employers may ask for a work visa entitlement check before hiring.