Overseas (international) criminal record checks

In addition to consenting to an Australian (national) criminal record check, applicants/teachers must also provide an overseas (international) criminal record check (OCRC) for every country they have resided in for a cumulative period of 12 months or more.

Obtaining an Overseas Criminal Record Check from fit2work

The TRBWA acknowledges that obtaining an OCRC can be a complex and time consuming process. To assist you in obtaining an OCRC, the TRBWA has sourced a convenient and efficient online service for obtaining OCRCs for the purpose of your teacher registration application.

fit2work is the approved provider of OCRCs for the TRBWA.

OCRCs issued by other private providers will not be accepted.

If you are not currently registered with the TRBWA, you will need to provide an OCRC from every country you resided in for a cumulative* period of 12 months or more, from 18 years of age, in the 10 years prior to making your application.

*Cumulative – the total time spent in the country in the 10 years priors to application.

Example - If you are not currently registered, and you have spent 6 months in the UK in 2014 and another 6 months in 2016, the total time spent in the UK would be 12 months within the past 10 years. You would, therefore, be required to provide an OCRC from the UK.

More information on OCRCs for applicants

If you are currently registered with the TRBWA, you will need to provide an OCRC from every country you resided in for a cumulative* period of 12 months or more, from 18 years of age, during your current registration period.

*Cumulative - the total time spent in the country during your current registration period.

Example - If you currently hold Full Registration, which was last renewed in 2012, and you spent 6 months in the UK in 2015 and another 6 months in 2016, the total time spent in the UK would be 12 months within your current registration period. You would, therefore, be required to provide an OCRC from the UK when you apply to renew your registration in 2017.

More information on OCRCs for existing teachers 

Overseas criminal record checks obtained directly from the country

If you have obtained or already commenced the process of obtaining an OCRC directly from the relevant authority in the country you resided in, the TRBWA will continue to accept this, provided that it:

  • is the correct check/document, issued by the correct agency/authority in the relevant country (see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for information on the correct document and agency for each country)
  • was issued within the last 12 months
  • includes all the names by which you have been known by in that country
  • covers the entire time you resided in that country from the age of 18
  • is accompanied by a English translation, completed by an authorised translator (if the OCRC is in a language other than English)
  • is properly certified by an authorised witness
  • is received by 30 November 2017.

Apply for an OCRC from fit2work

Criminal record check FAQs

Last modified: 3/10/2017 3:17 PM