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:
- skype (facetime)
- video conferencing
- upload documents on online forms
Commencement of identity documents
- full Australian birth certificate (not an extract or birth card)
- current Australian passport (not expired)
- Australian visa current at time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist
- ImmiCard issued by Immigration and Border Protection that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or migration status and enroll in services
- certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
- 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
- certificate of evidence of resident status.
Primary use in the community document
- 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
- Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
- current passport issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa
- current shooters or firearms licence showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence)
- 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
- 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
- certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
- document of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
- convention travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
- foreign government issued documents (for example, drivers licence)
- Medicare card
- security guard or crowd control photo licence
- evidence of right to an Australian government benefit (Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs) consular photo identity card issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade photo identity
- 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
- state or territory government Aviation Security Identification Card Maritime Security Identification card credit reference check Australian tertiary student photo
- identity document Australian secondary student photo identity document certified academic transcript from an Australian university trusted referees report bank card
- credit card.