Some placement providers (particularly Queensland Health and aged care facilities) require students to obtain a National Police Certificate (NPC).  If you have been a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Australia after turning 16, you must also complete a Statutory Declaration prior to commencing your placement.

What is a National Police Certificate?

A National Police Certificate (NPC) provides a student with ‘clearance’, or in some cases, a notification of a student’s ‘disclosable history’.  A police certificate discloses whether a person:

  • has been convicted of an offence

  • has been charged with and found guilty of an offence but discharged without conviction; or
  • is the subject of any criminal charge still pending before a Court

As part of the NPC application process, a police check is conducted based on a search of a person's name against the criminal history records held by police services Australia-wide. 

Your National Police Certificate must have more than 6 weeks' validity left when you submit it for verification.  In most instances NPCs are valid for 3 years. However, some placement providers will require an NPC that is more recent (we will let you know if this is the case).  It is your responsibility to ensure that you have obtained an NPC that meets your placement provider’s requirements. 

IMPORTANT: If you are convicted of any offence during the 3 year NPC expiry period, you MUST notify your Placement Coordinator immediately.

Video Tutorial: Applying for an NPC

What is the Criminal History Statutory Declaration?

If you have been a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Australia after turning 16, you must also complete a Statutory Declaration prior to commencing placement stating that you have never, in Australia or another country, been convicted of murder or sexual assault, or convicted of, and sentenced to imprisonment for, any other form of assault.  You must use this Statutory Declaration template (no other versions will be accepted).  See further information below regarding the steps you need to follow.

Contact us

Student enquiries
Placement Ready team
habs.placementready@uq.edu.au

Visit us
Room 539A, Level 5, 
Human Movement Studies Building (26B)

Individual student consultations are available on:

  • Mondays 1pm – 4pm

  • Wednesdays 9am – 12pm

Online Chat

The HABS Placement Ready team are available for online chat Monday to Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm.

You can find the chat function on the Prepare for your placement homepage

Zoom appointments

Students can book 1:1 zoom consultations with a member of the HABS Placement Ready Team via Student Hub.

Search the appointments menu for ‘HaBS Placement Ready 1:1 Consultation’ to find available appointments to book into.