The result of security clearance vetting is notified to the employer

Supo always assesses the totality of information disclosed in each individual case of security clearance vetting in relation to the position sought.

The party ordering a security clearance (most commonly an employer) is only informed of details that may be relevant to performing the duties in question.

Most security clearance vettings disclose nothing to report. Details worth reporting are only found in about two per cent of cases. Supo notifies an employer in the form of a written statement.

If no sufficiently important details are found, then Supo notifies the employer that no information relevant to the investigation was disclosed concerning the individual. This is the outcome in some 96 to 99 per cent of cases, depending on the scope of the vetting.

The impact of any findings on recruitment is up to the employer

Supo never offers any opinion on whether the employer should take heed of any vetting findings when recruiting, meaning whether the individual is suitable for the position sought. The decision to hire the employee is always made by the employer.

All security clearances are recorded in the security clearance vetting register, which is used for automated integrity monitoring. If an individual holding security clearance is suspected of having committed a criminal offence, for example, then Supo will hear the person concerned and then exercise individual discretion in assessing whether the employer who ordered the security clearance should be notified of this development.