Overseas (international) criminal history checks

1. I am currently registered.  Do I need to obtain an overseas criminal history check when I apply to renew or for a different category of registration?

Currently registered teachers are required to provide with their application, an overseas criminal history check (OCHC) from each country they have resided in for a cumulative* period of 12 months or more, from 18 years of age, during their current registration period. This can be obtained from our approved OCHC provider fit2workOCHCs issued by other providers will not be accepted. 

More information on OCHCs for existing teachers.

*Cumulative – the total time spent in the country in 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 OCHC from the UK when you apply to renew your registration in 2017.

2. I am not currently registered.  Do I need to obtain an overseas criminal history check when I apply for registration?

Applicants not currently registered with the TRBWA are required to provide, with their application, an overseas criminal history check (OCHC) from each country they have resided in for a cumulative* period of 12 months or more, from 18 years of age, during the 10 years prior to making their application for registration. This can be obtained from our approved OCHC provider fit2workOCHCs issued by other providers will not be accepted. 

More information on OCHCs for applicants.

*Cumulative – the total time spent in each individual country in the 10 years prior to application.

Example – If you are not currently registered, this means that if you 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 in the past 10 years. You would therefore be required to provide an OCHC from the UK.

3. How do I obtain an overseas criminal history check?

To obtain an overseas criminal history check you must apply directly to fit2work, the approved provider of OCHC's for the TRBWA. You can apply for an OCHC online at fit2work. Once completed, the result of your OCHC will be emailed to you and also provided directly to the TRBWA. 

If you have any questions regarding the progress of an open OCHC application, please contact fit2work directly (telephone: 1300 525 525 or email: ichc@fit2work.com.au).

Please note, OCHCs issued by other providers will not be accepted. 

4. Why fit2work and not other providers?

The TRBWA selected fit2work as its service provider after an open tender process and rigorous evaluation against a range of criteria.

5. What if I am unable to obtain an overseas criminal history check from a country I have resided in?

fit2work offers overseas criminal history checks (OCHCs) from over 190 countries worldwide. If fit2work does not conduct a check for the country you resided in, the TRBWA may accept a statutory declaration.

As part of this statutory declaration, you will need to provide the following details:

  • the reasons you are not able to obtain the OCHC
  • what steps you took to obtain the OCHC and evidence of this
  • confirm if you have or do not have a criminal history in that country.

If you are unable to obtain the required OCHC from fit2work, please contact the TRBWA to request a statutory declaration.

Please do not write your own statutory declaration or obtain one from Australia Post.

6. Will an overseas criminal history check sourced via the relevant authority in the country I resided in be accepted?

No, only OCHCs obtained from fit2work will be accepted.

7. Can I use the overseas criminal history check I obtained for immigration/visa purposes?

No, only OCHCs obtained from fit2work will be accepted.

8. What happens once I have submitted my request for an overseas criminal history check with fit2work?

Once you have submitted your OCHC application to fit2work, you will be provided with a reference page and check reference number. You will need to include this information in your teacher registration application.

fit2work will advise both you and the TRBWA when the results are available. Please do not send your OCHC results to the TRBWA, as the TRBWA will receive them directly from fit2work.

If you have any queries regarding your OCHC application, please contact fit2work's helpdesk on 1300 525 525 or email: ichc@fit2work.com.au  

9. How much will an overseas criminal history check from fit2work cost?

A Pricing Schedule for fit2work OCHCs is available on the fit2work login page.

10. How long will an overseas criminal history check from fit2work take?

Turn around times vary. Results typically are returned within 15 business days.  Some results, however, will take longer depending on the processing times of the Government agencies coordinating the checks in each country searched. Further information is available on the fit2work login page. 

11. Will I need to provide an English translation for my fit2work overseas criminal history check?

No, your fit2work OCHC will be issued in English.

12. Will I need to provide a copy of my fit2work overseas criminal history check?

No, the TRBWA will receive your OCHC results directly from fit2work.