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.
Australian Criminal Record Checks: As of 17 December 2021, there is a technical error affecting all Australian Criminal Record Checks submitted through NZ Police vetting agency portals. Requests can still be submitted by your agency but please be aware that the results will not be released to your agency until early 2022 when we can resolve the issue. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Current Vetting Processing Time: As at 17/01/2022, the Police Vetting Service is processing 88.2% of vetting requests within 20 working days, and 99.9% of all requests within 25 working days. This means a small number of vetting requests may be released a few days over the 20 working day service level agreement. We apologise if your vetting application takes a little longer than usual.
Phone line: The Police Vetting phone line is not currently available. During this time we request that all enquiries are made via email. Thank you for your understanding.
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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.