Australian Immigration: New UK police clearance procedure

March 13, 2008

The Brisbane Character Assessment Unit of Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced a new trial procedure for UK police checks.

The 47P form, which is currently being revised to include this change, is a document which provides instructions for UK citizens needing to obtain a police clearance certificate for their migration application to Australia.

Police certificates are issued by The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

These certificates cover applicants who have lived or are currently residing in England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland.

The relevant document in this case is called the ACPO Police Certificate.

If you want to migrate to Australia and have to apply for a police certificate, application forms and guidance for residents and non-residents can be located online at

You can download all the necessary forms at

However, ACPO can also be contacted directly on:
Phone: 0845 601 3999

A payment will be expected in obtaining a UK police clearance.

If you would like to live, work or holiday in Australia, find out which visa you qualify for by doing our free online visa eligibility assessment, which will deliver instant results.