Identification documents. 100 point checklist

Many times you have asked yourself and me, what means 100 points? Let’s clarify it!

Actually, everything is pretty simple.


100 points is a common document verification system in Australia, in other words, personal identification adopted by the government to eliminate fraud of individuals and companies (to prevent money laundering transactions).

The 100 points system applies to individuals who would like to open bank accounts, request statements or documents, or apply for services or government benefits.

Points are awarded based on the types of documents (primary, secondary etc.) that a person can provide, and in total you must collect at least 100 points to be able to verify your identity.

You can use various combinations of documents to collect 100 points, but most often you will need documents that include the following details: your full name, date of birth, registration address, signature and photo.

What kind of documents could these be?

In each state and organization, you will find different lists of documents and significant differences in the points awarded.


Let’s look at the example of requesting a National Police Check in Australia.

Primary documents (from 40 to 70 points)

  • Foreign Passport (current)
  • Australian Passport (current or expired within last 2 years but not cancelled)
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Full Birth certificate (not birth certificate extract)
  • Certificate of Identity issued by the Australian Government to refugees and non Australian citizens for entry to Australia
  • Australian Driver Licence/Learner’s Permit
  • Current (Australian) Tertiary Student Identification Card
  • Photo identification card issued for Australian regulatory purposes (e.g. Aviation/Maritime Security identification, security industry etc.)
  • Government employee ID (Australian Federal/State/Territory)
  • Defence Force Identity Card (with photo or signature)

Secondary documents (from 20 to 40 points)

  • Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) card
  • Centrelink card (with reference number)
  • Birth Certificate Extract
  • Birth card (NSW Births, Deaths, Marriages issue only)
  • Medicare card
  • Credit card or account card
  • Australian Marriage certificate (Australian Registry issue only)
  • Decree Nisi / Decree Absolute (Australian Registry issue only)
  • Change of name certificate (Australian Registry issue only)
  • Bank statement (showing transactions)
  • Property lease agreement – current address
  • Taxation assessment notice
  • Australian Mortgage Documents – Current address
  • Rating Authority – Current address eg Land Rates
  • Utility Bill – electricity, gas, telephone – Current address (less than 12 months old)
  • Reference from Indigenous Organisation
  • Documents issued outside Australia (equivalent to Australian documents). Must have official translation attached

This system is simple and transparent, but at the same time, many migrants (especially who hasn’t got Australian ID yet) complain that they have to provide a bunch of documents to collect 100 points every time they apply, even if you have already did it before.

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