Overseas (international) criminal history checks
Overseas (international) criminal history checks required for applications
Applicants not currently registered with the TRBWA are required to provide, with their application, an overseas (international) criminal history check (OCHC) from every 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.
Overseas criminal history checks as part of a fit and proper assessment
In performing its functions, the TRBWA must regard the best interests of children as the paramount consideration. As such, an essential requirement for registration in Western Australia is that the applicant is deemed a fit and proper person to teach.
As part of the fit and proper assessment, applicants are required to consent to an Australian (national) criminal history check and provide an OCHC from every country they have resided in for over 12 months or more, from 18 years of age, in the 10 years prior to making their application. OCHCs form part of the fit and proper assessment. This aligns with policy in other Australian jurisdictions.
The OCHC must have been issued in the 12 months prior to submitting the application. It must cover the entire time spent in every country from the age of 18 years and include all names by which the applicant has been known by in that country.
Obtain an overseas criminal history check from fit2work
You will need to apply directly to fit2work for an OCHC. Apply online through the fit2work website.
You can check on the progress of your OCHC by logging onto the fit2work website. Once completed, the result of your OCHC will be emailed to you and also provided directly to the TRBWA.
Your fit2work OCHC application is separate to your teacher registration application. Payment for your OCHC will need to be made directly to fit2work.
If you have any questions regarding your OCHC application, please contact fit2work on:
Telephone: 1300 525 525
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.
What if I am unable to obtain an overseas criminal history check from fit2work?
fit2work offer 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. You will need to provide the following details as part of your statutory declaration:
- 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 an OCHC from fit2work, please contact the TRBWA to request a statutory declaration. Please do not provide your own statutory declaration or obtain one from Australia Post.
*Cumulative – the total time spent in each individual country in the 10 years prior to making an 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.