Police clearance certificate from Papua New Guinea

Police clearance certificate from Papua New Guinea

Please Note:

  • We do NOT provide services or assistance in getting police clearance certificates from different countries.
  • We have just provided information on how to get the police clearance certificates from different countries.
  • We request you to refer to the Department of immigration and border protection website for latest information to get police clearance certificates from different countries.

 

Police Check – Papua New Guinea

Relevant document: ‘Police Character Check Form’ or ‘Overseas Character Check Form’.

Residents: Applicants should complete an ‘Overseas Character Check Form’* and lodge the application in person, with a receipt of PGK10 from the Provincial Treasury Cash Office, at the NCRO Police Headquarters, Spring Garden Road, Konedobu

Applicants outside Papua New Guinea: Applicants should compile the following documents: ‘Overseas Character Check Form’*, bank draft for the amount of PGK10, Fingerprints – taken at their local police station accompanied by a statutory declaration to the Royal PNG Constabulary stating these are the applicant’s fingerprints, a copy of their passport biodata page (sometimes required by RPNGC so best to send in the first instance).

Send the documents via post or courier (courier with tracking preferred), along with a prepaid satchel to enable return certificate, to the Contact Details above.

Note: Foreign nationals who are no longer resident in PNG normally require the assistance of a third person in country to obtain the certificate on their behalf. If assistance cannot be obtained from someone based in PNG, it will be difficult for the person to obtain a certificate. Post will support a waiver request in these cases if suitable effort has been made by the applicant initially.

*Overseas Character Check Form available online or from Post.

Fee: payable.

Street address:

​Papua New Guinea

Postal address:

​Officer in Charge
National Criminal Records Office
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
PO Box 85
Konedobu, National Capital District
Papua New Guinea

Phone:

​322 6102 / 325 4188 / 322 6258

*Please refer to the PNG Yellow Pages for other contact numbers

Additional information:

Certificates are available. Only those issued by the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) Headquarters – Office of National Criminal Records & Interpol (NCRO), Konedobu, Port Moresby are acceptable. Certificates must be signed by the delegated signatory.Certificates issued by other provinces, or other criminal records offices, are not acceptable, including Lae RPNGC offices.

 

 

 

 

Please note:
  1. The information provided here is correct as on 20 November 2018. The information is taken from the Department of Home Affairs website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us/offices-and-locations/list
  2. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/) to get updated and accurate information.
  3. Please always rely on the information provided by the Department of Home Affairs. The information in our website may become outdated when the Department of Home Affairs makes any changes in their website.

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Police clearance certificates

Depending on your Australian visa application type and your personal circumstances, you may be required to provide a police clearance certificate with your Australian visa application so that the Australian Government can determine whether you are of good character.

If you are required to provide a police clearance certificate, you must obtain the certificates from all the countries you have lived for 12 months or more cumulatively during the last 10 years.

Police clearance certificates are also known as a penal clearance certificate or Certificate of Criminal Record in some countries. Unless otherwise requested by the Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au), police clearance certificates are not required for persons under the age of 16 years.

Character requirements for an Australian Visa

If you want to enter Australia with a visa, you must be of good character and you will be assessed against the character requirements for the type of Australian visa you will be applying. As part of your Australian visa application, you might be required to provide a police clearance certificate (from each country where you have stayed for 12 months or more in the last 10 years) or other suitable evidence to satisfy the character requirements.

Under  Section 501 of the  Migration Act 1958, the Minister for Immigration or the Australian Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au) can refuse or cancel your visa, if you do not meet the character requirements.

Character test to get an Australian visa

You will not pass the character test for an Australian visa if:

  • you have a substantial criminal record. This means that you have been sentenced to 12 months or more in prison, or multiple sentences that add up to more than 12 months in prison. A suspended sentence is also considered a prison sentence.
  • you have been convicted of escaping from immigration detention, or convicted for an offence that you committed:
    • while you were in immigration detention
    • during an escape from immigration detention
    • after an escape, but before you were taken into immigration detention again.
  • you are or have been a member of a group or organisation, or had or have an association with a person, group or organisation that the Minister for Immigration reasonably suspects of involvement in criminal conduct
  • the Minister for Immigration reasonably suspects that you have been involved in people smuggling, people trafficking, genocide, a war crime, a crime against humanity, a crime involving torture or slavery, or a crime that is of serious international concern, whether or not you have been convicted of such an offence
  • your past and present criminal or general conduct shows that you are not of good character
  • there is a risk that while you are in Australia you would:
    • engage in criminal conduct
    • harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person
    • vilify a segment of the Australian community
    • incite discord in the Australian community or in a part of it
    • be a danger to the Australian community or a part of it.
  • you have been convicted of, or found guilty or had a charge proven for one or more sexually based offences involving a child,
  • you are subject to an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • you are subject to an Interpol notice, from which it is reasonable to infer that you a direct or indirect risk to the Australian community, or a segment of the Australian community.

When is a police clearance certificate required?

If you are over the age of 16 and have lived in any of the countries for a total of one year or more in the last 10 years, you must get a Police clearance certificate from that country.

How long my police clearance certificate is valid?

For Australian immigration purposes a police clearance certificate is deemed to be valid for 12 months from the issue date.

How can you get a police clearance certificate?

For instructions on obtaining a certificate from an overseas government or law enforcement authority, refer to the  relevant country  information.

If you are required to provide an Australian police clearance certificate because you have spent more than 12 months in Australia within the last 10 years, you must complete the Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Police Check application form which is available from the AFP website:

For information on how to apply for a police clearance certificate from another country, please see the respective country information on this website or in the Department of Immigration Website.