The ACIC recognises that many organisations contribute to community safety through non-for-profit, charitable or volunteer services. For this reason, the ACIC offers a reduced cost volunteer check to assist individuals who work on a volunteer basis.
The Volunteer check type is intended for the submission of nationally coordinated criminal history checks (checks) for applicants seeking to uptake a genuine volunteer position.
A volunteer police check can be requested if:
- the applicant will:
- freely hold the position or perform the role on a voluntary basis for the common good
- not be an employee or contractor and will not be entitled to a salary or any other entitlements associated with the position or role, other than payment of out-of-pocket expenses, or
- the applicant is a student undertaking a compulsory unpaid vocational placement as part of a training course requirement of an Australian-based educational institution.
An applicant should be able to provide evidence about the role they are applying for to ensure that they are entitled to a volunteer check. A volunteer check cannot be submitted for applicants applying for the Australian Government’s Work for the Dole Scheme.
Checks submitted for personal probity reasons where a person must provide a check to represent themselves as a fit and proper person are not generally considered a volunteer. Non-employment reasons that do not meet the Volunteer check type include:
- tenancy (rental) purposes
- social media participation reasons
- insurance related purposes or to support business that operate on private premises
- placing an Au Pair or overseas students in a family home
- participation in television productions
- family day care providers (operating on a commercial basis) who require checks for any residents on the premises where in-home care is being provided to children.
Although in these instances the individuals are not seeking employment, they do receive personal benefits, payments, or entitlements as a result of the activity that they are undertaking, and/or they are not undertaking an activity which enhances or extends benefit to the community at large.