Police clearance certificate from 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.
Papua New Guinea
Officer in Charge
National Criminal Records Office
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
PO Box 85
Konedobu, National Capital District
Papua New Guinea
322 6102 / 325 4188 / 322 6258
*Please refer to the PNG Yellow Pages for other contact numbers
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.
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:
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: