The New Zealand Police Vetting Service provides Conviction History reports and other relevant non-convicted information on potential and current employees, volunteers, and vocational trainees. Vetting is provided for Approved Agencies who are responsible for the care, protection, or education of children, elderly or disabled; Government agencies; and agencies involved in Law Enforcement, National Security, or have a legislative obligation to obtain a Police vet.
The purpose of a vetting application is determined by the applicable legislation and position applied for. For example, a Core Children’s Worker subject to the Children’s Act 2014 being vetted as a caregiver of children within a home or workplace setting; the purpose of this type of vetting application is the safety of a child.
The vetting service does not make a recommendation or decision regarding someone’s suitability for employment. A Police Vetting result is a point-in-time check that forms one part of any process for determining an applicant’s suitability for any professional registration, appointment, employment, or visa. The decision regarding the applicant’s suitability for a position is the responsibility of the Approved Agency.
A Police Vet is not a National Security Clearance. The NZ National Security Clearance process is managed in accordance with the New Zealand government security clearance requirements administered by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS).
Agencies who do not meet our criteria and individuals wishing to obtain their own Conviction History report can request a Criminal Record Check from the Ministry of Justice.
Update to Police Vetting Portal
On Wednesday 27th September, the Police Secure Vetting website (agency portal) will be temporarily unavailable between 0600-0800 for updates.
The Police Vetting Service is making changes to the Request & Consent Form and the agency secure online portal to ensure that we receive the necessary information required to process each vetting request as accurately and efficiently as possible.
This means from 27 September you will see changes to:
- The vetting request submission questions in the portal. This will make it easier for agencies to request the correct type of Police vet.
- The Request & Consent Form. This has been updated to reflect the new questions in the portal. Other minor changes have been made, including to Section 3 – Consent to release information.
For more information about these updates, please refer to the email sent to your agency’s primary email address on 21st July 2023. You can also find the new forms, guides and FAQs related to this update on our website on the Forms and Guides page.
Current Vetting Processing Time: As at 28/08/2023, the Police Vetting Service is processing 99.7% of all requests within 20 working days.
Contact: If you need to contact the Vetting Service, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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* If this is your first time accessing the Vetting service, you will need to login with RealMe, then enter a Police ID and Activation code which was emailed to you by the Police Vetting team.
Things we do
- We process vetting requests submitted by approved agencies.
- We process vetting requests that are required as part of a Children’s Worker Safety Check under the Children's Act 2014.
- We process vetting requests for visas to selected countries
- We release information to an approved agency that is relevant to the purpose of the vetting request and has a degree of substantiation.
- We help approved agencies submit Australian Criminal History Check. (Australian criminal checks will incur a fee.)
Things we don't do
- We don’t process vetting requests from individuals.
- We don’t issue ‘Police Clearance certificates’. We do not have Police Certificate Clearance in New Zealand.
- We don’t make recommendations on the suitability of an individual for employment.
(Our role is to provide relevant information to an agency to allow them to make an informed decision.)
- We don’t provide legal advice or guidance on interpreting the Children's Act 2014.
- We don’t accept paper copies of forms. Vetting requests must be done online.