National Police Check

The way Scouts NSW is ensuring the safeguarding of children is changing for the better.  For more than 50 years, adults in Scouting have undergone a NSW Police check as part of the screening process for Leaders and NSW Police have provided this to Scouts as a service to the community.

Recently, the NSW Police have moved to a National Police Check for all adults including volunteers. From 1 July 2021, all adults who apply to join Scouts NSW or whose police check is due for renewal, will now undertake a National Police Check.

A National Police Check strengthens our already thorough screening process for all adults involved in Scouting, and ensures alignment with Scouts NSW Child Protection Procedure.

Click below for the National Police Check guide:

National Police Check Guide for NEW adults in Scouting

National Police Check Guide for EXISTING adults in Scouting

Frequently Asked Questions

National Police Check FAQ

Both State and National Police Checks have a 3-year expiration date. If you are still unsure when your Police Check will expire, please contact your Group Leader.

If you have a prior offence on your record, this information will be passed on to the Region Commissioner and delegate for determination.

 

You will have 7 days to complete the verification once you have been sent the link. If you pass the 7-day deadline you will need to contact the Member Services Team on 1800 726 887.

 

If you are having difficulty uploading the documents, there is an option for alternative identification verification. To select this, you must click on the alternative verification option within Document Verification Services (DVS).

 

In accordance with NSW Police policy, you must provide 3 official documents to verify your identity. Head to the NSW Police website to find the valid identification checklist for more information.

Non-compliance with this process goes against our Child Protection Procedure. If you are an existing member, an expired Police Check will result in immediate suspension. If you are a new member, non-compliance will halt your induction into the organisation until the check is completed.

 

You have 7 days to complete upload your personal identification verification documents before the link expires.

 

If you are a new member of Scouts, following the completion of the A1/A2 or YA1 online form and following the verification of the WWCC, the prospective member will receive a Document Verification Services (DVS) link from NSW Police. Identification Documents must be submitted to the NSW Police DVS portal within seven days of receiving the link.

If you are an existing member of Scouts, prior to the renewal date, existing Adult Leaders will receive a link from NSW Police to their Scouts NSW email address and Adult Helpers will receive a link from NSW Police to their published email address.

Nothing. The complete cost of the National Police Check is covered by Scouts NSW.

State and National Police Checks are only valid for three years. You will be sent a Document Verification Services (DVS) link to your Scouts email by NSW Police prior to your existing Police Check expiration date. You must submit your identification documents within 7 days of receiving the link.

Head to the NSW Police website to find out which documents can be submitted.

Once you have submitted all required documents, NSW Police will undergo a National Police Check.

 

If you have an up-to-date State Police Check, you DO NOT need to apply for a National Police Check yet. Once your State Police Check has expired, you will be required to apply for the National Police Check. NSW Police will send a Document Verification Services (DVS) link at least a month prior to the expiration date.

New Members are required to undergo background necessary checks prior to commencement of appointment or involvement in Scouting.

Following the completion of the A1/A2 or YA1 online form and following the verification of the WWCC, the prospective member will receive a Document Verification Services (DVS) link from NSW Police identification documents must be submitted to the NSW Police DVS portal within seven days of receiving the link.

Please click here to view the complete process

Scouts will now be conducting National Police Checks instead of State Police Checks. The process of obtaining a Police Check has slightly changed in accordance with NSW Police policy.

If you are a new adult in Scouting, all prospective Adult Members in Scouting are required to obtain a National Police Check prior to undertaking training or involvement in any Scouting activities.  Following the completion of the A1/A2 or YA1 online form and following the verification of the WWCC, the prospective member will receive a Document Verification Services (DVS) link from NSW Police. Identification Documents must be submitted to the NSW Police DVS portal within seven days of receiving the link.

Click here to view the National Police Check process

Head to the NSW Police website to find out which documents can be submitted.

 

If you are an existing adult in Scouting, you will need to obtain a National Police Check only when their State Police Check is due for renewal. Scouts NSW requires a renewal every three years.  Prior to the renewal date, existing Adult Leaders will receive a link from NSW Police to their Scouts NSW email address and Adult Helpers will receive a link from NSW Police to their published email address.  Identification documents must be submitted to the NSW Police DVS portal within seven days of receiving the link.

Click here to view the National Police Check process

Head to the NSW Police website to find out which documents can be submitted.

At Scouts NSW, we aim to create a safe and secure environment where every young person understands they have a right to feel safe. Youth protection is our number one priority and is everyone’s responsibility. Recently, the NSW Police have moved to a National Police Check for all adults including volunteers.

A National Police Check strengthens our already thorough screening process for all adults involved in Scouting, and ensures alignment with the Scouts NSW Child Protection Procedure.