Australian Embassy



The information on this page relates to Criminal Information Certificates required for Australian visa and citizenship applications only. If you require a certificate for other purposes, including employment and professional registration, you should discuss procedures with the Israeli police and should NOT ask the police to send the certificate to our office.  One of the options is to ask the police to send the certificate to the Embassy of Israel in the relevant country. For example, if you require the certificate for employment or professional registration purposes in Australia, you should ask for the certficate to be sent to the Embassy of Israel in Canberra. The Embassy of Israel in Canberra  may be authorised to hand it to you or to your representative or send it directly to the entity that requested it.  This should be discussed directly with the Embassy of Israel. 


Israeli criminal records and police certificate procedures are administered in Israel by the Israeli Police, under The Crime Register and Rehabilitation of Offenders Law, 5741 -1981.  According to this law, it is unlawful for the Police AND the Embassy to provide Israeli police certificates directly to the client.


Please do NOT apply for your Criminal Information Certificate before you lodge your application AND you are invited to provide one by your Case Officer.


Please note that we are unable to apply for the police certificate on your behalf.  You must apply for it. If you are an Israeli citizen or resident, you may apply for your Criminal History Certificate online on the website of the Israeli Police.  Otherwise, you may apply at the Israeli police station or Israeli Embassy/Consulate nearest to you. The process will usually take 2-4 weeks.


When you apply for the Criminal Information Certificate, you should ask the police to send it to the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv.  When we receive a referral/request from the Case Officer processing your visa/citizenship application, we will send it directly to your Case Officer.  


To ensure that your Criminal Information Certificate reaches your Case Officer, please ask your Case Officer to send a "referral" to our office and request the certificate.  


For privacy and other operational reasons, we are unable to advise clients directly whether we have received their Criminal Information Certiricate and if/when it was sent to their Case Officer. If there are any significant delays or difficulties you should contact your Processing Office/Case Officer directly and they will contact our office, if necessary.  Please feel free to refer your Case Officer to this page of our website.


If you do not have contact details/email address for your Case Officer, please upload a copy of this page to your online application and name it “police certificate”.  Your Case Officer will then read the message and take the appropriate action to retrieve your certificate from our office.  


IMPORTANT - Please do NOT apply for the Criminal Information Certificate before you are requested to do so by your Case Officer.