Applicants are required to provide evidence that proves their identity as well as give consent so VIT can undertake a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) on their behalf. The VIT may also carry out other criminal record checks from time to time.
Applicants will be asked to provide five (5) different identity documents and one (1) verification of identity form (listed below) in order to prove their identity and undertake an NCCHC.
If an applicant has legally changed their name at any stage, they will also be required to provide a change of name document.
Important information about proof of identity documentation
All proof of identity documents provided must be current at the time of assessment. Any documents with expiration dates in the past will not be accepted and may delay assessment of an application.
A valid Verification of identity (VOI) form must be included with an applicant’s proof of identity documentation. This form enables VIT to confirm the proof of identity documents provided belong to the applicant, and they have been properly verified by an authorised third party.
A complete third party verification must include the following
- third party’s full name
- third party’s occupation
- proof of the third party’s occupation (and therefore authorisation to act as a third party), which may include
- their workplace’s name and address
- an official stamp from their workplace
- the official registration number provided by their industry’s regulatory body, or
- their VIT registration number, and
- third party’s signature (electronic signatures are not accepted).
The VIT is unable to accept VOI forms that do not contain complete verification from an authorised third party. Submission of incomplete documents may delay the assessment of an application.
Accepted proof of identity documents
The following documents are the only forms of identification accepted by VIT as proof of identity.
Commencement of identity documents
Applicants must provide one of the following
- Australian birth certificate (full only, not an extract or birth card)
- Australian passport (current but not cancelled)
- Australian Citizenship Certificate
- Australian Visa (current at time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist)
- ImmiCard issued by Immigration and Border Protection that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or immigration status
- Certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
- Document of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to Australian citizens or persons who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes, or
- Certificate of evidence of residence status.
Primary use documents
Applicants must provide one of the following
- Australian driver’s licence (current), learner permit or provisional licence issued by a state or territory, showing a signature and/or photo and the same name as claimed
- Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
- Passport (current) issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa, or
- Proof of age or photo identity card (current) issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a signature and photo.
Secondary use documents
Applicants must provide two of the following
- Centrelink card (including Health Care, Seniors Health or Pensioner Concession card)
- Medicare card
- Foreign government issued documents (such as a current overseas Driver’s licence or national identity card)
- Australian government issued photo ID card (excluding Working with Children (WWC) clearances, previously called Working with Children Checks or WWCC)
- Australian tertiary student photo identity card
- Australian Electoral Commission enrolment
- Certificate of ID issued by Foreign Affairs & Trade
- Document of identity issued by Foreign Affairs & Trade
- Convention travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Consular photo ID card issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Security guard or crowd control photo licence
- Police officer photo ID card
- Australian defence force photo ID card
- Aviation security ID card
- Maritime Security ID card
- Credit reference check
- Australian secondary student card
- Certified academic transcript from an Australian university, or
- Trusted referees report.
Change of name documents
If an applicant has legally changed their name at any stage, they will also be required to provide one of the following change of name documents
- marriage certificate (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
- divorce order
- name change certificate issued by a State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
- Deed poll, or
- Statutory declaration (when none of the above documents are available).
Documents we do not accept
The VIT cannot accept the following documentation as valid proof of identity
- Working with Children (WWC) clearance (previously known as a Working with Children Check or WWCC)
- unofficial academic results, including
- copies of a student’s statement of results from education provider websites
- copies of academic records that are not certified copies provided by the education provider
- bank, debit or credit cards
- bank statements.
Last updated: 29 Jul 2021