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Criminal History Checks between Australia and New Zealand

In February 2015, Australia and New Zealand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give employers greater trans-Tasman access to individual criminal history checks for employment, training and registration purposes. Under the new MoU, eligible New Zealand agencies will have the ability to make requests through New Zealand Police for Australian criminal information from CrimTrac. Similarly, eligible Australian agencies may request criminal history information from New Zealand Police.

As with existing criminal record checking arrangements, approved agencies will only be able to check someone’s criminal history if they have the informed consent of the individual involved.

Additional information regarding this service can be found on the New Zealand Police website.