Overseas (international) criminal history checks

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

Obtain an Overseas Criminal History Check (OCHC) from fit2work

You will need to apply directly to fit2work for an OCHC. Apply online through the fit2work website.

When you apply for an OCHC through fit2work please ensure that your application:

  • includes all the names by which you have been known in that country
  • covers the entire time you resided in that country from the age of 18.
You will need to obtain your OCHC from fit2work. OCHCs issued by other providers or obtained directly from the country you resided in, will not be accepted.
 
 
There is currently a delay in turnaround times for fit2work international criminal history checks for the UK, Europe and USA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note, this may affect the finalisation of your application with the TRBWA.
 

Further information on these delays is available on the fit2work website.

Obtaining an OCHC if you are not currently registered

If you are not currently registered with the TRBWA, you will need to provide an OCHC 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 prior 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 OCHC from the UK.

More information on OCHCs for applicants

Obtaining an OCHC if you are currently registered

If you are currently registered with the TRBWA, you will need to provide an OCHC 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 2013, and you spent 6 months in the UK in 2016 and another 6 months in 2017, 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 2018.

More information on OCHCs for existing teachers 

Overseas criminal history check FAQs