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Who can access a criminal record?

Government departments can get access to the criminal records of people who apply for a government job. Employers of people in jobs which require certain kinds of licences (a real estate agent) or require you to be registered (a pharmacist) can also get access to an applicant's criminal records.

Most other employers and members of the public cannot legally get access to criminal records. Attempting to obtain or obtaining a copy of a criminal record if you are unauthorised to do so is an offence under the Criminal Records Act 1999.

If you have been charged with an offence, and are concerned about your criminal record, or are seeking further information on a Criminal or Traffic legal matter, call North Shore Criminal Law on (02) 9955 2298 or our 24 hour Emergency Service on 0400 44 64 24.