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Overseas Criminal History Record Checks

On application for teacher registration, renewal of registration, or a special authority to teach, all applicants must provide a national overseas criminal history record check (OCHRC) if they have resided in any country other than Australia for more than 12 continuous months.

Do I need to provide an OCHRC? I am…

A new applicant for teacher registration

If you have resided in any country other than Australia for more than 12 continuous months during the past 10 years when over 18 years of age, you will need to provide original or certified copies of a national overseas criminal history record check from those countries. The check must have been issued within the last 12 months.

Applying for a special authority to teach

If you have resided in any country other than Australia for more than 12 continuous months during the past 10 years when over 18 years of age, you will need to provide original or certified copies of a national overseas criminal history record check from those countries. The check must have been issued within the last 12 months.

A currently registered teacher renewing my registration

If you have resided in any country other than Australia for more than 12 continuous months within your current term of registration, you will need to provide

  • an original or certified copy of a national overseas criminal history record check from that country. The check must have been issued in the last 12 months. The check must be provided with your application for renewal of registration and prior to your registration expiry date.

 

Please note: any national overseas criminal history record checks must reflect all names by which you have ever been known.

If you submit your original certificate the Board is unable to return it to you.

The Board will only accept a national overseas criminal history record check which has been issued as per the following:

Some countries require an applicant for a criminal history check to provide a letter of support from a requesting organisation or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). In these circumstances applicants may request a letter of support from the Teachers Registration Board. Please contact the TRB by emailing info@trb.sa.edu.au

Countries which may require a letter of support include Austria, Bermuda, Curacao, Cyprus, East Timor, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, United Kingdom, Thailand, Venezuela and Yemen. If you require a letter of support please lodge your request to the Teachers Registration Board by completing the form. A letter of support for a criminal history record check will be prepared and forwarded.

If fingerprints are required, applicants should refer to specific instructions provided by the issuing country. In many cases the instructions may advise applicants to contact their local police service.  

** Important note **

Some countries may take several weeks or months to process an application for a criminal history record check and/or require applications to be made in person in that country.  Intending applicants are therefore advised to apply for such checks well in advance of lodging an application for teacher registration. Applicants are further advised to retain evidence of their application for a criminal history record check (e.g. copy of application, fingerprints, registered post receipts, bank drafts, etc.)

To avoid unnecessary personal costs and inconvenience, please ensure you meet all requirements for teacher registration before making an application for a national criminal history check from overseas

If you have any issues in meeting the above requirements please contact the staff of the Registration Unit by email at info@trb.sa.edu.au or by phone on +61 8 8226 3495.