Reference Check


Reference Checks give organisations valuable insight into their work ethic and integrity

In 2018, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) conducted research^ discovered that between 20 and 30 per cent of job applications contained some form of false information. The report also states that “the detrimental effects that poor employment screening practices have can be very wide-reaching”.

With a high number of resumes containing inaccurate information, failing to conduct a reference check can be very costly to organisations. Given that candidates falsify work experience, credentials and reasons for termination, a thorough reference check is important.

Indeed, reference checks do more than just measure and report on a candidate’s technical skills and work experience, they also give organisations valuable insight into their work ethic and integrity. In this blog, VerifyNow explained why in-depth and probative reference checks play an important role in supporting successful recruitment. Read on to find out more about VerifyNow’s fast and efficient reference checks.

Key Features


• 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.

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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.