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How do you verify an applicant’s identity?

At least four identity documents are required to complete the verification

ACIC provide three categories of identity documents and a list of the documents acceptable under each category for a criminal history check. We are required to sight at least:

  • one commencement of identity document
  • one primary use in the community document
  • two secondary use in the community documents.

The Agreement advises, at Clause 11.5 (b), that we can sight identity documents:

  • locally, by sighting an original presented by the applicant in-person
  • remotely, by sighting a copy of each document submitted by the applicant through the post or by email.

Local sighting is face-to-face with an original document and the corresponding applicant. Remote sighting is digital/electronic and may include:

  • email
  • webcam
  • skype (facetime)
  • video conferencing
  • upload documents on online forms

Commencement of identity documents

  1. full Australian birth certificate (not an extract or birth card)
  2. current Australian passport (not expired)
  3. Australian visa current at time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist
  4. ImmiCard issued by Immigration and Border Protection that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or migration status and enroll in services
  5. certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
  6. document of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to Australian citizens or persons who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes
  7. certificate of evidence of resident status.

Primary use in the community document

  1. current Australian drivers licence, learner permit or provisional licence issued by a state or territory, showing a signature and/or photo and the same name as claimed
  2. Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
  3. current passport issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa
  4. current shooters or firearms licence showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence)
  5. current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a signature and photo
  6. for persons under 18 years of age with no other Primary Use in Community Documents, a current student identification card with a signature or photo.

Secondary use in the community documents

  1. certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
  2. document of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
  3. convention travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
  4. foreign government issued documents (for example, drivers licence)
  5. Medicare card
  6. security guard or crowd control photo licence
  7. evidence of right to an Australian government benefit (Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs) consular photo identity card issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade photo identity
  8. card issued to an officer by a police force photo identity card issued by the Australian Defence Force photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a
  9. state or territory government Aviation Security Identification Card Maritime Security Identification card credit reference check Australian tertiary student photo
  10. identity document Australian secondary student photo identity document certified academic transcript from an Australian university trusted referees report bank card
  11. credit card.