When you move to Australia, the first question you might ask yourself is where you can register your place of residence. There is no registration office, so where can you register? Nowhere, because instead there is the 100-point check (called 100 point ID check/100 point checklist/proof of identity) in order to have identification. In the following, you will find out what you need the check for, how it works and how many points each document is worth.
What do you need the 100-point check for?
With the 100-point check, you’ll be able to verify your identity, for example, when it comes to opening an Australian bank account, applying for superannuation (see point 6 in my previous post), for a driver’s license or renting an apartment. The tricky part is that you could use the proof of the above-mentioned processes itself as proof for the 100 points check. Especially when you’ve just arrived in Australia, it can be difficult to get the 100 points. I know, it’s all a little confusing, but if you look at the following list, it becomes more understandable.
So, how does it work?
There are various documents showing your full name, date of birth, current address and signature, or a photo of you. This information proves your identity. These individual documents have a certain score on the basis of their information and are accordingly worth “more” or “less” as proof of identity.
Basically, it can be said that the documents are divided into A and B, or A, B and C categories. Depending on what you need to identify yourself for, at least one document from the A or B categories is required. That means you might not be able to provide documents only from category C.
In order to pass the check, you must get a total of at least 100 points.
I will only list the documents that you most likely can present at the beginning. The longer you live in Australia, or if you even have a permanent residence or Australian citizenship, there are other documents available for submission (more on this from the Australian Federal Police).
At last, the hint that the categories as mentioned above may differ depending on the institution as well as the score. The latter, however, rather affects the documents with 25 points.
Categories and scores
Category A – 70 points each
- Valid passport
- Birth certificate (with certified translation)
Category B – 40 points each
- Australian driving licence
- Valid Australian student ID
Category C – 25 points each
- Australian credit card
- Australian bank statement
- Australian electricity, gas, water, telephone bill
- Australian rental agreement
I hope that my explanations of the 100-point check could give you a good overview and that the system is now more understandable for you.
Share your comments or experiences in the comments below – I’d be glad to hear from you.