Pre-employment screening

Before starting a job, some employers may ask you to sign a declaration or do one or more pre-employment checks.

You need to give consent for any pre-employment screening.

Some job offers may depend on the outcome of pre-employment screening.

Statutory declarations

Your employer may ask you for a statutory declaration to confirm that the information you have given them is true.

You must sign your statutory declaration in front of a witness on the approved witness list. Your witness must also have a connection to Australia or be a notary public.

Find out more about how to complete a statutory declaration and who can witness your statutory declaration on the Attorney-General’s Department website.

Police checks

Your employer may ask you to complete a police check to see if you’ve had any relevant history with the police.

To complete the check, you’ll need to provide identification documents and declare any other names you’re known by, or have been known by. You’ll also need to pay a fee.

Find out more about police checks in each state or territory. These links will take you to another website.

State or territory Resource
ACT National Police Checks
NSW Apply for a National Police Certificate
NT National Police Check
Qld National Police Certificate
SA Apply for a police record check
Tas Police History Record Checks
Vic National police record checks
WA National Police Certificates

Working with children

If you’ll have contact with children at your job, you need to be screened first. What kind of screening you’ll need will depend on the state or territory you’re working in. You may need to pay a fee to be screened.

Find out more about how to be screened to work with children in each state or territory. These links will take you to another website.

State or territory Resource
ACT Working with Vulnerable people
NSW Apply for a Working with Children Check
NT Working with children clearance
Qld Blue Card Services
SA Working with children check
Tas Registration to work with vulnerable people
Vic Working with Children Check
WA Working with Children Check

Medical checks and declarations

Before starting a job, some employers may ask for information about your health. The most common way this is done is through:

  • a medical declaration, where you fill out a form about your medical history
  • a medical check, where a doctor performs an examination and assesses your health.

Your employer will let you know what to do if you need a medical check or declaration.


Page last updated: 29 April 2024