100 point check

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The 100 point check was an outcome of the Australian Commonwealth Government's desire to limit opportunities for individuals and companies to hide financial transaction fraud, enacted by the Financial Transactions Reports Act (1988) (FTR Act),[1] which gave rise to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC).

The points system applies to people opening new financial accounts in Australia, including bank accounts or betting accounts. Points are allocated to the types of documentary proof of identity that the person can produce, and they must have at least 100 points of identification to be able to operate an account.

"Reporting entities" must identify their customers using the 100 point check system. Accounts may be opened, but can only be operated (i.e. withdrawals made) by an identified customer; an unidentified customer is blocked from making withdrawals. Generally, identification can be transferred from one account to another, so that for instance a person once identified does not need to produce documents again when opening a second account at the same institution.

The scope of the system has been extended and also applies to the establishment of many official records, such as a passport and driving licence.[2]

An issue for many Australian organisations is the capture of credit card primary account numbers (PANs), referred to below under the 25 Points section as Credit Card or EFTPOS Card. This practice is not compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and must be removed from all 100 point check forms.

Documents[edit]

Primary Documents[edit]

70 Points

Only one of the following may be claimed:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Birth Card issued by a Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • Current Passport
  • Expired passport which has not been cancelled and was current within the preceding 2 years
  • Other document of identity having the same characteristics as a passport including diplomatic documents and some documents issued to refugees

Secondary Documents[edit]

40 Points

  • Document issued by Authorised Deposit-Taking Institutions (ADIs), banks, building societies, credit unions or registered corporations. Signatory is a known customer of at least 12 months standing.
  • Written reference from one of the following institutions, verifying name of signatory and signed by both referee and signatory. Signatory must be known for at least 12 months.
    • Another financial body certifying that the signatory is a known customer
    • Another customer who has been verified as a signatory by the cash dealer
    • An acceptable referee (refer to AUSTRAC Guideline No. 3 and Information Circular No. 3)
  • Any of the following, which must contain a photograph and a name. Additional documents from this category are awarded 25 points.
    • Driver licence issued by an Australian State or Territory
    • Licence or permit issued under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory Government - (e.g. a boat licence)
    • Identification card issued to a public employee
    • Identification card issued by the Commonwealth, a State or Territory Government as evidence of the person's entitlement to a financial benefit
    • An identification card issued to a student at a tertiary education institution

35 Points

  • Name and address of signatory verified from any of the following:
    • A document held by the cash dealer giving security over the signatory’s property
    • A mortgage or other instrument of security held by another financial body
  • Must have name and address on:
    • A document held by a cash dealer giving security over your property
    • A mortgage or other instrument of security held by a financial body
    • Local government (council) land tax or rates notice
    • Document from your current employer or previous employer within the last 2 years
    • Land Titles Office record
    • Document from the Credit Reference Association of Australia

25 Points

References[edit]