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How does a company order an ID check for a cardholder?
An Employer Administrator for a company may need to order an ID check for a cardholder when:
- Creating a new RIW cardholder. In this case, please refer to the article How does a company add a new cardholder to the RIW system? for the full on boarding process.
- Updating a cardholders core details, which includes either their first name, surname, date of birth or identification photograph.
- The initial ID check was rejected. Please refer to the article How does a company manage a rejected ID check? for more information.
- The RIW cardholder reaches their 10-year card anniversary.
Go to https://app.riw.net.au and login using your credentials.
Click on the People tab or the Search for My People shortcut on the main dashboard.
Enter a search field or leave blank to bring up the entire workforce by clicking Search. Find the cardholder by highlighting their name and clicking on the Edit button.
Navigate to the ID check menu on the left hand side of the cardholders profile.
Click on Request ID check to commence the ID check.
The ID check will not progress if there is missing key information on the cardholders profile. The missing items are indicated by a red cross. Resolve any missing requirements before selecting Request ID check again.
After the ID check has been requested, the RIW system will prompt for payment. Complete the payment via PayPal by clicking on Checkout and following the prompts.
The cardholder will receive an email to commence their online ID check, and must complete it within 10 days of the request. If the cardholder does not complete it within 10 days, then a new ID check will need to be requested and paid for.
If the cardholder does not receive the email, the Employer Administrator can retrieve the ID check link at any time from the cardholders profile, from the ID check menu screen.
The cardholder will need to provide an acceptable identification document as part of their application. Please refer them to the article What identification documents does a cardholder require to complete an ID check? for more information.
Once the ID check is complete, the cardholders profile will be updated to show the ID check was successful. Both the Employer Administrator and the cardholder will receive status update emails through this process.
What standard is required for a RIW identification photograph?
A cardholders photo is crucial to the usability and security of their Rail Industry Worker (RIW) card. If the photo does not meet the standards detailed below, the RIW card may not pass the ID check process and the company may need to order a new card with an appropriate photo for which a replacement card fee will be charged.
Please ensure the photo uploaded conforms to the following requirements:
- JPEG or PNG file format.
- Less than 4 MB in size.
- Of good quality and less than six months old.
- Clear, focused image with no marks or 'red eye'.
- Plain white or light grey background that contrasts the face.
- Uniform lighting (no shadows or reflections) with appropriate brightness and contrast to show natural skin tone.
- Face looking directly at the camera and not tilted in any direction.
- Hair off the face so that the edges of the face are visible.
- Eyes open, mouth closed.
- Neutral expression (not smiling, laughing or frowning).
- Head coverings should be plain coloured and must be worn in such a way as to show the face from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead, and with the edges of the face visible.
- Jewellery must not obscure any part of the face, especially the area around the eyes, mouth and nose. There must be no reflection from rings or studs.
- Glasses are not allowed. In rare cases they may be permitted where glasses cannot be removed for medical reasons (e.g. severe light sensitivity or recent eye surgery). Vision impairment alone is not sufficient for medical exemption.
Note: a scan of a driver’s licence, passport or photo ID will not be accepted.
How does a company manage a rejected ID check?
If a cardholder has completed and failed, or missed the 10 day time frame to complete an ID check, the Employer Administrator will receive a email notifying them of the ID check rejection, including the reason for rejection.
Note: a list of the most common rejected reasons has been included at the end of this article.
Go to https://app.riw.net.au and login using the Employer Administrator credentials.
Click on the People tab or the Search For My People shortcut on the main dashboard.
Enter the cardholders details into the search field or leave blank and click on search to bring up the workforce. Select the cardholder by highlighting the cardholders name and clicking on the edit button.
On the cardholders profile, navigate to the ID check tab on the left hand side menu.
If the ID check failed due to not being completed by the cardholder within the allowable 10 days, then a new ID check must be requested. The cardholder profile will display the following message in the details section: Application has surpassed 10 working days.
Click on Resubmit ID Check to be taken to the Shopping Basket to process payment for the re-submission of the ID check.
NOTE: It is important for Employer Administrators to monitor the progress of ID checks to prevent such a situation from occurring. To do this, on the cardholder profile click the + History link, which will provide a summary of the ID check history (refer step 11 below).
Where the ID check has been rejected due to another reason, the Employer Administrator will receive a notification by email, or alternatively, can review the Details: description on the ID check menu on the cardholders profile.
In this example, the cardholders surname did not match the identification provided during the ID check.
Any changes to the core details of a cardholder (which is first name, surname or date of birth), must be made by the RIW Service Desk. In this instance, call 1300 101 682 to request amendment to the cardholder profile.
Once amended, the Employer Administrator will then need to be select the Resubmit ID check button in the cardholder profile to commence the process again (as per Step 6).
All other issues may be similarly resolved. The RIW system will advise where the issue may be resolved without the assistance of the RIW Service Desk (for example, the identification document provided had expired). In this case, the Employer Administrator will need to re-submit the ID check and advise the cardholder to provide an updated identification document.
After the ID check has been resubmitted, the Employer Administrator will be prompted for payment of the new ID check.
Complete the payment via PayPal or Pay on Account (if applicable).
The cardholder will receive an email to re-commence their online ID check. The cardholder will need to upload an acceptable identification document. For information about what documents the cardholder needs to supply, please refer to the article What identification documents does a cardholder require to complete an ID check?.
The progress of the request can also be viewed on the cardholders ID Check menu. Click on the + History link to display all the events/dates which occurred during the ID check.
Common rejected ID check reasons
If an ID check has been rejected there are four likely issues:
Minor name issues
Spelling or spacing discrepancies between the RIW system and the verification document. For example:
- “Sam McDonald” has come from the RIW system but “Sam Mc Donald” appears on the licence.
- “Jack O’Meara” has come from the RIW system but “Jack Omeara” appears in the licence.
In each case, note the space omission/addition and the omission of the apostrophe. These ID matches will be rejected as the name cannot be verified as correct.
Statutory Declaration used in place of an official “Change of Name” certificate
A statutory declaration from an individual who has anglicized his name, instead of an official change of name document. For example:
- “Nick Franklin” has come from the RIW system but “Nikolaus Franklin” appears on the licence.
It can be believed that he is known by “Nick” at work but considering the process defined, the ID check will be rejected as the ID and the name do not match.
ID check was received with the same name in the firstname, middlename and surname fields. For example
- “Muhammad Muhammad Muhammad” his ID only had “Muhammad Muhammad” as firstname, surname.
These ID matches will be rejected as the name cannot be verified as the correct match.
Confusion around first and middle names. For example:
- Firstname: “Anne”, middlename: ”Marie” coming from the RIW system and “Anne-Marie” appearing on an ID.
These ID matches will be rejected as the name cannot be verified as correct match.
What identification documents does a cardholder require to complete an ID check?
To complete an identification check successfully for a Rail Industry Worker card, a person must provide one primary document OR one secondary document and one tertiary document (must include a photo).
If a cardholder provides an identity document using a former name, the cardholder must also provide evidence of the name change.
Examples of acceptable documents
- Australian Passport - An Australian Passport that is current or expired up to 3 years. Must not be cancelled.
- Australian Driver's Licence - A current Driver's Licence that has been issued by an Australian State or Territory.
- Foreign Passport with Australian Visa - A Foreign Passport that has not expired with an Australian Visa that has not been cancelled, expired or was never issued (i.e. never arrived in Australia). In order for your visa to be verified, you must be onshore in Australia.
- Centrelink Card - A Centrelink Card issued by the Commonwealth, State or Territory government. Must not be expired or cancelled.
- Medicare Card - A Medicare Card. Must not be expired or cancelled.
- Australian Proof Of Age Card - A Proof of Age Card that has been issued by an Australian State or Territory.
- Firearm's Licence - A Firearm Licence issued under Australian Law.
- Security Licence - A Security Licence issued under Australian Law.
- Boat Operator Licence - A Boat Operator Licence issued under Australian Law.
- Student Identification Card - A Student Identification Card issued by a tertiary education institution.
Change of Name Document
- Australian Change Of Name Certificate - A Change of Name Certificate issued by the Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- Australian Marriage Certificate - A Marriage Certificate issued by an Australian State or Territory. Church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted.
- Deed Poll - A Deed Poll issued by an Australian State or Territory.
- Foreign Change of Name Certificate - A Change of Name Certificate issued in a foreign country.
- Foreign Marriage Certificate - A Marriage Certificate issued in a foreign country.