A Police Check is a report of your criminal history. This check includes all states and territories of Australia, as well as federal jurisdictions.
Uber is keen for all of its drivers to have a police check as they are very much in the public space. Picking up people on the street or delivering food to people’s homes, they want to be reassured that their drivers are checked by the police.
When a police check is conducted, we will be looking for:
Any currently pending matters awaiting trial.
Any charges associated with a person.
Any court convictions.
And findings of guilt leveled at a person.
Court orders, including good behaviour bonds.
Any minor offenses, such as traffic offenses, all the way up to major crimes.
Police checks are a ‘point in time’ check. It only shows your criminal history up until the point in time the check was conducted. This means they technically have no expiration date. However, in states like Victoria, companies don't usually accept a police check older than 3 months.
In Victoria, the Victorian Parliament passed the Spent Convictions Act 2021 on the 18th of March, 2021, and it came into effect on the 1st of December, 2021. In short, this legislation removes barriers to employment for people who have previously committed an offence, but has shown to be rehabilitated.
Do I Need An International Police Check?
To work in Australia, you do not need an international police check, just a domestic police check.
If a person has obtained the correct visa to work in Australia, they only need to fulfil the Australian employment checks.
We have more information about International Police Checks here.
How To Do A Criminal Background Check For Uber?
A criminal background check for uber drivers is just the same for anyone else. We need to sight 4 identifying documents to prove who you are.
We need to see:
1 Commencement of Identity document
1 Primary Use in the Community document
2 Secondary Use in the Community document
And at least one identifying document must have a photo of you.