A Regional Guide to Background Checks – Asia

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3 May 2016

Background checks have become a critical part of the recruitment process in many countries.  Employers with a global presence often seek to harmonise recruitment policies across different jurisdictions.  Addressing the various restrictions and regulations around background checks can be challenging.

The report gives an overview on both the legal and practical issues relating to background checks in key countries across Asia. It covers a wide range of background checks, from criminal record checks through to drug and alcohol testing, and identifies the applicable conditions, restrictions and sanctions in each country. It also incorporates ‘at-a-glance’ traffic lights, highlighting whether background checks are standard practice, unusual or prohibited in a particular jurisdiction.

We hope you find this publication useful. It has been compiled by lawyers from major international law firms, with John Tuck and Prof. Anthony Forsyth from Corrs Chambers Westgarth contributing the chapter on Australia.

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John Tuck

Partner. Melbourne
+61 3 9672 3257


Professor Anthony Forsyth

Consultant. Melbourne
+61 3 9672 3322