Overseas (international) criminal history checks
Overseas (international) criminal history checks required for applications
Teachers currently registered with the TRBWA are required to provide, with their application, an overseas criminal history check (OCHC) from every country in which they have resided for a cumulative* period of 12 months or more, from 18 years of age, during their current registration period.
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 teacher is deemed a fit and proper person to teach.
As part of the fit and proper assessment, teachers 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, during their current registration period. 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 teacher 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 do 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 the 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 the required 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 within your current period of registration.
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.