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AHPRA / International Criminal History Check / fit2work website

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I'm a mental health nurse, needing to register with AHPRA to work in Aus. As other healthcare professionals may know, AHPRA introduced another new rule this month, that we all need an International Criminal History Check (undertaken by a private company, fit2work) before we submit application to AHPRA.

 

I followed AHPRA's links to the fit2work.com.au website and dutifully tried to fill in the form, but for a start they give no guidance on what format they want you to upload documents in (eg they want a scan of your passport, but don't say if it's ok as a jpeg, then also consent forms need to be printed off, filled in and signed, scanned back in but again no clarification of format) - I tried jpeg, word and pdf but all no use. When you click 'continue' at the end it just takes forever then...times out. I've wasted 4 hours today trying :cry:

 

Has anyone else tried it yet, if so have you had any success? I've now emailed them but wanted to get on with it! AHPRA really make me wish I hadn't given up smoking...:arghh:


Academic IELTS 29/08/14 reading 9, speaking 9, listening 9, writing 8.5, overall 9. ANMAC positive skills assessment/LOD 29/01/15. EOI submitted 03/02/15. Visa lodged 27/02/15! Hoping to be in Queensland September 2015 :laugh:

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I went on the website to start it but I never completed it - sounds like yet another nightmare hurdle!! I'll let you know if I do x


Academic IELTS R8.5, L8.5, W8, S9 (14/03/15) ANMAC sent 31/04/15, LOD 27/07/15 AHPRA sent 20/05/15, board 01/10/15

EOI 29/07/15 ITA 03/08/15 189 Visa submitted 04/08/15 PC05/08/2015 MEDS 18/09/15 CO 21/09/15

Only the wise can dance the rhythm of life...:wubclub:

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I've tweeted them as well...maybe they'll answer tomorrow, I mustn't give up hope! But anything associated with AHPRA seems to be disastrous :eek:


Academic IELTS 29/08/14 reading 9, speaking 9, listening 9, writing 8.5, overall 9. ANMAC positive skills assessment/LOD 29/01/15. EOI submitted 03/02/15. Visa lodged 27/02/15! Hoping to be in Queensland September 2015 :laugh:

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Today's update:-

 

 

I had a reply to my email from fit2work, telling me to change my web browser to Google Chrome :err:. It seems a bit wrong that I had to do so, and took yet another half an hour of faffing about, but I did it...and it still didn't work.

 

 

I think the problem is the size of the files that need uploading...the UK police check document is 4 pages long, plus you need to add a bank statement or utility bill as proof of address, but these cannot be uploaded separately, so I had to merge them into 1 document. I did it as pdf, then word docs, but both files were over 50mB and the page couldn't upload it as it was too big and kept timing out. Eventually after much googling I figured out how to merge the 5 docs into 1 jpeg file, then reduce the quality to low to make the file small enough. So total today of approx 2 and 1/2 hours to complete forms...on top of yesterday's 3 hours of futility:arghh:

 

 

So basically, you either need a superfast broadband connection, or excellent IT skills, or the patience of a saint to get it to work...(or in my case, the stubbornness of a bunch of angry mules!! :laugh:)

 

 

When I finally got through that, the payment was through Paypal for £86 (converted from $168AUD) and seemed secure; I got an immediate email receipt for payment and acknowledgement of submission of forms. It does not say how long the checks will take - they said they will send a separate email when it's processed.

 

 

I'll keep you updated as to progress...assuming there is any!! :biglaugh:


Academic IELTS 29/08/14 reading 9, speaking 9, listening 9, writing 8.5, overall 9. ANMAC positive skills assessment/LOD 29/01/15. EOI submitted 03/02/15. Visa lodged 27/02/15! Hoping to be in Queensland September 2015 :laugh:

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Well done great perseverance!! Glad it worked in the end I'll remember your tips for when I complete it I. The next few weeks.

 

The police check then that you uploaded is this the same one we get for the actual visa process? Or do they run their own checks etc? X


Academic IELTS R8.5, L8.5, W8, S9 (14/03/15) ANMAC sent 31/04/15, LOD 27/07/15 AHPRA sent 20/05/15, board 01/10/15

EOI 29/07/15 ITA 03/08/15 189 Visa submitted 04/08/15 PC05/08/2015 MEDS 18/09/15 CO 21/09/15

Only the wise can dance the rhythm of life...:wubclub:

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No sadly the police check for the visa is separate, so yet more money to fork out :cry: although it's probably exactly the same thing! They really don't make anything easy do they?!! Good luck when you start!


Academic IELTS 29/08/14 reading 9, speaking 9, listening 9, writing 8.5, overall 9. ANMAC positive skills assessment/LOD 29/01/15. EOI submitted 03/02/15. Visa lodged 27/02/15! Hoping to be in Queensland September 2015 :laugh:

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Argh annoying!! Money making scheme! Thanks xx


Academic IELTS R8.5, L8.5, W8, S9 (14/03/15) ANMAC sent 31/04/15, LOD 27/07/15 AHPRA sent 20/05/15, board 01/10/15

EOI 29/07/15 ITA 03/08/15 189 Visa submitted 04/08/15 PC05/08/2015 MEDS 18/09/15 CO 21/09/15

Only the wise can dance the rhythm of life...:wubclub:

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Today's update:-

 

 

I had a reply to my email from fit2work, telling me to change my web browser to Google Chrome :err:. It seems a bit wrong that I had to do so, and took yet another half an hour of faffing about, but I did it...and it still didn't work.

 

 

I think the problem is the size of the files that need uploading...the UK police check document is 4 pages long, plus you need to add a bank statement or utility bill as proof of address, but these cannot be uploaded separately, so I had to merge them into 1 document. I did it as pdf, then word docs, but both files were over 50mB and the page couldn't upload it as it was too big and kept timing out. Eventually after much googling I figured out how to merge the 5 docs into 1 jpeg file, then reduce the quality to low to make the file small enough. So total today of approx 2 and 1/2 hours to complete forms...on top of yesterday's 3 hours of futility:arghh:

 

 

So basically, you either need a superfast broadband connection, or excellent IT skills, or the patience of a saint to get it to work...(or in my case, the stubbornness of a bunch of angry mules!! :laugh:)

 

 

When I finally got through that, the payment was through Paypal for £86 (converted from $168AUD) and seemed secure; I got an immediate email receipt for payment and acknowledgement of submission of forms. It does not say how long the checks will take - they said they will send a separate email when it's processed.

 

 

I'll keep you updated as to progress...assuming there is any!! :biglaugh:

 

 

Hi,

 

Just wondered if you had any progress with this?

 

I have just submitted mine yesterday. Other than my session timing out, whilst I scanned docs, I didn't encounter any other issues. I didn't have a U.K. police check done I thought that was the whole point of this or am I wrong?

 

Thanks

 

Sara


AHPRA Eligibility Confirmed 29/02/2012 :yes:

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Hi,

 

Just wondered if you had any progress with this?

 

I have just submitted mine yesterday. Other than my session timing out, whilst I scanned docs, I didn't encounter any other issues. I didn't have a U.K. police check done I thought that was the whole point of this or am I wrong?

 

Thanks

 

Sara

You will need a UK police check done through ACRO for the visa - completely separate and different from this Fit2work check.

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Thanks Nemesis


AHPRA Eligibility Confirmed 29/02/2012 :yes:

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I'm also a nurse and about to register with ahpra too, didn't know about this. Just sent my police report over to my migration agents from ACRO, now another police report? The only thing that's been free in our immigration adventure was the Justice of the Peace certifying our documents Did you apply for the ahpra online? The form looks delightful. Just let us in pleeeeeeease

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Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! OMG sorry but had to vent somewhere. The whole AHPRA registration and fit2work ICHC thing is doing my nut in!! I would go so far as to say it is worse than the whole visa application process. I thought Australia had a national 'no bu**sh*t' policy. It would appear AHPRA are not included in this. Grrrrr. Rant over.


EOI made 26/12/14. - Invited 9/1/15. - applied 18/2/15 - PCC's loaded 18/2/15. - medicals done 17/3/15 - CO assigned 17/4/15 - requesting form 80 for both and military history for hubby. Additional requested docs uploaded 20/5/15.. Visa granted 15/6/15!!!!!

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My fit2work check went through ok in the end, and they've confirmed that I'm all clear!! Just submitted the ACRO check for visa today....neverending paperwork, this whole process is like the world's toughest test of patience!!! Just keep telling myself it'll be worth it when I'm going to the beach after work:laugh:


Academic IELTS 29/08/14 reading 9, speaking 9, listening 9, writing 8.5, overall 9. ANMAC positive skills assessment/LOD 29/01/15. EOI submitted 03/02/15. Visa lodged 27/02/15! Hoping to be in Queensland September 2015 :laugh:

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Hi all have just completed my fit2work application. .wasnt too bad. Just bundled the jpegs in to a pdf doc and away it went. Paid via paypal. Nmc verification sent/paid this morning. Sorting out my other stuff later this month..not enough pennies..!!!!

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Re- fit2work. I am not very IT savvy. I printed off the forms for my Nz check and UK in and the consent form. Obviously each are more than one page. When I scanned the documents I can only upload one page to each part of the application, should I just upload the rest to the additional documents part? Or is there a way of making each allocation a whole document? Sorry I know I am being thick here but I do most things on my iPad.


EOI made 26/12/14. - Invited 9/1/15. - applied 18/2/15 - PCC's loaded 18/2/15. - medicals done 17/3/15 - CO assigned 17/4/15 - requesting form 80 for both and military history for hubby. Additional requested docs uploaded 20/5/15.. Visa granted 15/6/15!!!!!

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I printed/scanned in docs. I did use the family pc...saved the docs to documents. Called each page 'fit1' 'fit2' etc...had 8 in all, including passport and driving licence and mobile bill showing my address. Went online found a free generic pdf doc converter, attatched and uploaded my docs and got sent all the docs in one pdf doc.

Which I attatched to fit2work and uploaded. Then it let me pay and finish.

Im not very tech minded either..!! But its not too bad. x

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Re- fit2work. I am not very IT savvy. I printed off the forms for my Nz check and UK in and the consent form. Obviously each are more than one page. When I scanned the documents I can only upload one page to each part of the application, should I just upload the rest to the additional documents part? Or is there a way of making each allocation a whole document? Sorry I know I am being thick here but I do most things on my iPad.

 

 

I attached the rest of mine in the additional docs bit seems to be acceptable.

 

Sara


AHPRA Eligibility Confirmed 29/02/2012 :yes:

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So does that mean that fit2work doesn't request the CRB but you still have to do this yourself I'd all the footwork and costs for that come on top of it ?

 

did they ask for basic or enhanced CRB ?

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