If you are recommended for a position, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment vetting process before a contract of employment may be offered.
The vetting process is a stringent pre-employment character and integrity suitability screening process undertaken to determine suitability for employment. The process could include (but is not limited to) detailed background, character, employment history and financial position. During the process, you will be required to declare your:
- current and past drug use;
- criminal/high risk associations;
- conflicts of interest;
- business interests;
- criminal history and involvement in criminal/illegal activities;
- financial position, specifically assets and debts, interests and partnerships in companies, shareholdings etc;
- family background and any associations or personal relations which may conflict with your employment; and
- workplace disciplinary history.
The following documents need to be completed for the vetting process:
- Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Police Check Application Form - This is a criminal history or police records check, which involves processing an individual's biographic details (such as name and date of birth) to determine if the name of that individual matches any others who may have previous criminal convictions. For information, see the AFP website National Police Checks and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner Spent Conviction Scheme Fact Sheet.
- Level 1 or Level 2 Negative Vetting Kit - Pre-employment vetting includes:
- mandatory and recommended pre-employment checks applied to provide a level of assurance about the individual's suitability to access Australian Government resources; and
- entity-specific checks to mitigate security threats applicable to the entity that are not addressed by minimum pre-employment screening.
Recognising existing security clearance
Where an individual holds, or has previously held, a security clearance issued by an authorised vetting agency at the level required for the identified position (or higher), an entity may assume sponsorship of that security clearance.
Maintaining your security clearance
The vetting process is a 'point in time' assessment of your suitability to work with the Commission. It is therefore a mandatory condition that if you hold a security clearance that you promptly report changes in your personal circumstances and information that could be relevant to an assessment of your ongoing suitability for either clearance. Examples of declarable circumstances you must report include:
- changes to your name or identity
- changes to your contact details
- changes to your living circumstances
- associations with criminals or other high risk individuals
- involvement in or association with criminal activity.