Four different pieces of identification are required for a Police Check application.

  • 1 Commencement of Identity document
  • 1 Primary document
  • 2 Secondary documents

If all four cannot be produced, please contact the Diocesan Safe Church Officer.

The most commonly used types are listed at the top of each list.

Commencement of Identity Documents
Quantity: 1
  • Full Australian birth certificate (not an extract or birth card)
  • Current Australian passport


  • Australian visa current at time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist
  • ImmiCard issued by Department of Home Affairs (previously the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or migration status and enroll in services
  • Certificate of identity issued by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
  • Document of identity issued by DFAT to Australian citizens or persons who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes
  • Certificate of evidence of resident status such as citizenship certificate or equivalent
Primary Use Documents
Quantity: 1
  • Current Australian drivers licence, 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)
  • Current passport issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa
  • Current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a signature and photo
  • Current shooters or firearms licence showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence)
  • For persons under 18 years of age with no other Primary Use in Community Documents, a current student identification card with a signature or photo.
Secondary Use Documents
Quantity: 2
  • Medicare card
  • Photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government ie. Working with Children Card
  • Bank card/Credit card


  • Enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission
  • Certificate of identity issued by DFAT
  • Document of identity issued by DFAT
  • Convention travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by DFAT
  • Foreign government issued documents (for example, drivers licence)
  • Security guard or crowd control photo licence
  • Evidence of right to an Australian government benefit (Centrelink or Veterans Affairs)
  • Consular photo identity card issued by DFAT
  • Photo identity card issued to an officer by a police force
  • Photo identity card issued by the Australian Defence Force
  • Aviation Security Identification Card
  • Maritime Security Identification card
  • Credit reference check
  • Australian tertiary student photo identity document
  • Australian secondary student photo identity document
  • Certified academic transcript from an Australian university
  • Trusted referees report