From 5 December 2016, the Justice and Regulation department will introduce:
New proof of identity (POI) requirements for all Check applicants
The list of acceptable POI documents will expand, adding many commonly held cards and documents. Documents will be classified as primary or secondary, replacing the existing 100 point system.
A secure electronic verification service for Victorian applicants
Victorian applicants will be able to securely verify their identity online. This will save them time at the counter of a participating Australia Post outlet as they will need to only present one acceptable photo identification document to finalise their application.
Electronic identity verification is a secure service. The applicant's details are securely submitted to the Australian Government's Document Verification Service (DVS), which compares the identifying information with available government records.
If an applicant is unable to have their identification verified electronically, or they choose not to, in-person verification at Australia Post will still be possible. Applicants will need to present multiple POI documents at the counter to finalise their application.
Photo taken free of charge for Victorian applicants
Victorian applicants will no longer need to supply their own photo. Australia Post will provide a digital photo free of charge.
The identity verification process for interstate applicants does not change, although from 5 December 2016 interstate applicants will need to present POI documents from the new list.
Full details of the forthcoming changes are on the What's new page on our website.