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Clinical placement checks and clearances

National police check

You will be required to get a national police check (also known as a police certificate, police clearance certificate, criminal history check or criminal record check) before you can attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility. Many other placements will also require this check. Your check needs to be clear to ensure you can attend your placement.

More information can be found on the NSW Health website.

How to apply

Domestic students

You need to apply online for a national police check. This can be done through one of the accredited bodies listed on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) website. Only use the Police Force service if you are applying at least four weeks before your verification session.

International students

You need to apply online for a national police check. This can be done through one of the accredited bodies listed on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) website. Only use the Police Force service if you are applying at least four weeks before your verification session.

You will also need to provide either:

  • a completed NSW Health statutory declaration. This needs to be signed by a authorised witness, such as a Justice of the Peace
  • a national criminal record check with a certified translation from your home country, or any country where you have been a citizen or permanent resident since turning 16 years of age.

If you have a criminal history

If you have a criminal history, this will not always prevent you from attending your placement.

You will need to apply for an assessment through HealthShare NSW Employment Screening and Review Unit. Depending on the nature of your criminal history, you may be provided with a Clinical Placement Authority Card or a Conditional Letter and will be allowed to complete your clinical placement.

To apply for an assessment, contact the HealthShare NSW Employment Screening and Review Unit directly on +61 2 8848 5175.

Last updated: 09 August 2019

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