Police Check Information
Before students and trainees are permitted to commence a clinical placement they must complete a National Police Check (NPC).
A NPC that shows no convictions allows a student or trainee to work within ACT Health including providing health services to children, older adults and people with disabilities.
National Police Checks
Please provide your Education Institution placement coordinator with a copy of your NPC well before your ACT Health clinical placement date.
In accordance with the ACT Health Student Placement Deed, Universities or other education institutions must make sure that all students who will be undertaking a clinical placement with ACT Health have a current NPC. The education institution must notify ACT Health’s Clinical Student Placement Unit SCPU@act.gov.au in writing that the student has no criminal record. ACT Health is under no obligation to accommodate a student on a placement prior to the receipt of satisfactory written evidence from the education institution of a student having no criminal record.
Trainees must organise their own NPC and to forward a certified copy of the document to the ACT Health’s Student Clinical Placement Unit. ACT Health is under no obligation to accommodate a trainee on placement prior to the receipt of satisfactory written evidence of the trainee having no criminal record.
For Students/Trainees who have a criminal record
A positive criminal record does not mean that a student automatically cannot undertake a clinical placement in ACT Health facilities. If you have a positive police check please refer to the ACT Health Student and Trainee Clinical Placement Policy
ACT Health may in its absolute discretion accommodate a student or trainee on placement who has a criminal record. Please contact The Student Clinical Placement Unit on 62052063 SCPU@act.gov.au for more information.
How to Obtain a National Police Check
For Students or Trainees Who are ACT Residents
Please arrange for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to undertake the NPC for Health (hospital) Workers: Code number 13. This will provide you with a complete disclosure certificate. Please note complete disclosure means that all recorded offences are released. The AFP request form can be downloaded from the AFP website.
Students/trainees will need to check the current requirements for submitting this form. This information can be found on the AFP website .
For Interstate Students or Trainees
Students and trainees will need to arrange a NPC suitable for a health care worker through their Educational Institution, through their local State Police Department or through the AFP.
Please note; a ‘NSW Health Police Check for students” processed before the 1 July 2008 is not accepted by ACT Health, because it does not include a National Criminal History Check.
For International Students or Trainees
Each student /trainee will need to arrange for an Australian NPC for Health Workers through the AFP (refer to instructions for ACT Residents).
International students and trainees are required to forward a certified copy of the above documents to the ACT Health SCPU prior to placement.
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