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Proof of identity

Individuals applying for a check must provide 100 points of identification to prove their identity. This requirement also applies to sole traders, contractors and self-employed people.

There are three ways to provide 100 points of identification for your check application.

  1. As part of your online application process, you can provide your Australian drivers licence and a current Australian passport, an Australian birth certificate (not an extract), or an Australian citizenship certificate.
  2. A permitted verifier (PDF 234.3 KB) from the organisation starting a check application online on behalf of an individual can provide information for the 100-point identification check.
  3. If one of the options above isn’t possible, you or the organisation can:
    • print a copy of your fully paid online check application
    • show your original identity documents to an independent permitted verifier
    • mail the completed application and signed copies of your identity documents to the Screening Unit.

100-point identification check documents

The combination of identity documents must include the individual’s:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • photograph
  • relevant documents from either Category A or Category B below.

If an individual does not have a photographic identity document, they must submit a passport-style photograph that has been certified by an individual listed in Schedule 2 of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 2018.

Category A – each document is worth 70 points

Only one document from this category is accepted.

  • Birth certificate (not an extract)
  • Australian passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
  • Australian citizenship certificate
  • International passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
  • Other identity document with the same characteristics as a passport e.g. diplomatic/refugee (photo or signature)

Category B – the first document is worth 40 points, each additional document is worth 25 points

  • Current drivers licence or permit (government-issued)
  • Working with children/teachers’ registration card
  • Aviation security identification card/maritime security identification card
  • Public employee photo ID card (government-issued)
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs card
  • Centrelink pensioner concession card or health care card
  • Current tertiary education institution photo ID
  • Reference from a medical practitioner (who has known the individual for at least 12 months)

Category C – each document is worth 25 points

  • Birth certificate extract
  • Foreign/international driver's licence
  • Proof of age card (government-issued)
  • Medicare card/private health care card
  • Council rates notice
  • Property lease/rental agreement
  • Property insurance papers
  • Australian Tax Office assessment
  • Superannuation statement
  • Seniors card
  • Electoral roll registration
  • Motor vehicle registration or insurance documents
  • Professional or trade association card

If relied upon, the following documents must be from different organisations:

  • Utility bills (telephone, gas, electricity, water)
  • Credit/debit card
  • Bank statement/passbook

Special provisions

Special provisions apply for the following individuals (who may be unable to meet the identity requirements above)

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of remote or isolated locations
    Complete and attach a proof of identity (special provision) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People form (PDF 148.4 KB) to the application (it provides 100 points of ID)
  • Immigrant or foreign visitors (who have been in Australia for six weeks or less)
    Proof of arrival date and current passport
  • People under 18 years of age
    One 'Category A' document or a statement from an educational institution (on the institution’s letterhead), signed by the individual's school principal or deputy principal, confirming the individual attends the institution

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