Background Screening


What is employment background screening?

Employment background screening and pre-employment screening are the terms used for the checks undertaken before employment is offered. We consider employment screening a key component of a company’s risk management practices.

Checks can be undertaken pre-employment and throughout a candidate’s career e.g. as part of annual reviews or prior to promotion or change in roles.

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Police Check And Identity Verification

Australian Criminal History Checks can be processed via the Australian Federal Police or the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

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Employment And Integrity Checks

Manage organisational risk by assessing the suitability of prospective employees to work in specific roles.

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Credentials, Qualifications And Right To Work

These checks confirm if the candidate is appropriately qualified for the role.

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Financial Regulatory And Business Checks

Financial Regulatory checks are commonly used for applicants involved with the management and financial transactions of a company such as directors, financial controllers, chief financial officers and investment bankers.

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Psychometric Assessments and Aptitude Tests

If you want to find the right people you need to ask the right questions.

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• Academic and Qualifications verification
• Applicant Integrity Interview
• APRA Disqualified Register check
• APRA Enforceable Undertaking Register Check
• ASIC Banned and Disqualified Register check
• ASIC Enforceable Undertaking Register check
• AFS Licensees Register check
• AFS Licensees and Authorised Representatives Register Check
• Anti-Money Laundering check
• Bankruptcy checks
• Business Interests / Directorships check
• Digital Footprint check
• Employment History verification
• Entitlement to Work check
• Identity Verification
• Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (National Police Check)
• Professional Body Membership check
• Reference checks (online, on phone)

Know who you are hiring and mitigate risks to your business by confirming eligibility to work, requisite expertise, qualifications, criminal history, integrity and more. The value of employment screening services extends beyond the on-boarding experience. It can be a regular health check on your organisation’s existing workforce too, by ensuring job specific qualification are current, memberships and licences are valid, police checks are up to date, and industry regulation job requirements continue to be compliant.
Companies such as Cogent Business Solutions conduct employment background screening. We are an accredited body with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and member of the Professional Background Screening Association.
The duration varies as it is subject to employer’s requirements. It is also dependent on the position and the nature of the role. Some positions may only review the last five years of employment, while others may take into consideration 10, 15 or even 20 years of employment history.
Yes, anyone can undergo employment screening providing it is with the applicant’s informed consent. This consent allows the prospective employer company and their agents to complete the employment screening process.

Not sure which background checks to choose?

Businesses face challenges recruiting and retaining employees in today’s fast-paced world. Employees can be the greatest asset or the biggest risk of a business. Employment screening can help increase workforce integrity and trustworthiness. Let’s have a conversation so we can better understand your employment screening requirements.