Character requirements for visas
You must be of good character to visit or live in Australia. This means you must pass the character test, and remain of good character.
Meeting the requirements
You may not pass the character requirements if you have a substantial criminal record or your past and present criminal or general conduct shows that you are not of good character.
If you are not completely honest about your criminal history, the department may refuse your application.
The character requirements consist of:
· a police certificate
· Form 80 Personal particulars for character assessment (554KB PDF)
· complete a character statutory declaration (80KB PDF)
· provide a military certificate
· provide a letter of good conduct from an employer
If you are over 17 and have lived in a country, including Australia, for at least 12 months in the past 10 years, the department may ask you to provide a police certificate (also called a penal clearance certificate) from every country you lived in.
Police certificates are valid for 12 months from the issue date. They must cover:
· the time you turned 16 up to the issue date
· the whole time you were in the country
Police Clearance Certificates – Validity Issues
There has been some confusion in relation to the police certificate validity requirements.
These are as follows:
Apply for a police certificate
See how to apply for a police certificate in the relevant countries.
To get a police certificate in Australia you must submit an Australian Federal Police National Police Check application form.