A background check is just one of the multiple research services an AU Cyber Investigator will perform in Australia.
Performing an Australian background check will consist of discovering or verifying historical facts regarding an Australian citizen, or sometimes an Australian organization.
However, background checks in Australia are often conducted on Australians for the purpose of employment screening.
The amount of time an AU background check takes will be dependent on how deep the check goes.
A lot of background checks in Australia will involve researching criminal history, AU credit history, social media presence, past education, Australian employment history, personal references, and an Australian's personal history. These AU background check investigations often occur at a desk and utilize the internet (cyber background check) in-conjunction with multiple phone calls.
Australian Background Check Databases
A big part of performing an Australian background check will involve verifying an Australian's past using AU databases, some paid databases and also free to use ones. An Investigator typically uses a paid Australia government database to access information regarding criminal history.
However, just simply discovering Australian court records is usually a service that many local AU government jurisdictions offer for free.
Many times, an Investigator will lookup an Australian's court record for free and resort to paying for an AU government criminal record check if court records are found. Unlike searching for Australian court records, a credit history check will often require the Investigator to pay for accessing the AU database that holds financial records.
Australian Cyber Background Check Resources
Phone Call Research in Australia
When conducting a background check on an Australian, an Investigator will often perform a fair amount of phone calls. This happens a lot when verifying AU educational degrees.
Often, the AU Investigator will contact the Australian educational institute via phone and validate the degree with the school's records department.
However, some Australian universities and colleges protect these records.
In this case, the Investigator will have to contact the Australian who is the subject of the background check and get them to contact the AU post-secondary institution themselves in order to access this information. The Australian citizen will then be asked to request an educational transcript from the AU school and get the school to mail it to an Australian address of the Investigator's choosing. This will mitigate tampering of the records document. As with education, researching references in Australia will also require phone calls. The Investigator will have to validate that the references are who they say they are and contact them in order to hear their opinions on the subject of the check.
Google.com.au Background Check
Finally, and often the largest part of an Australian background check, the Investigator will utilize the net as an investigative tool to research the Australian's personal history:
Obviously, searching social media platforms will be an important part of this AU background check process.
However, a lot of information can be found on an Australian outside of social media. There could be many mentions of the Australian on various websites.
Many Australians have a rudimentary grasp on searching the internet. An Australian could find a few small pieces of information when searching on the net. However, a skilled Australian Investigator will be able to find all relevant information and be able to accurately verify and document it properly. This is why, even with a simple background check task, an experienced and skilled Australian Background Investigator should always be utilized.
About the Author
Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 14 years as a Professional Investigator. Peter Sandru has spent more than a decade conducting investigations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of many investigative training programs in various capacities. Over the length his career, Peter has performed numerous background checks on Australian individuals and AU organizations.