It does sound like things are different there. In my case, if I apply for a new job I can likely show them the copy of my most recent Criminal Record Check. Generally that will be accepted. Also, the fact that I am registered helps. I did not have to have a separate check when I started working at the hospital three years ago. The fact that I was registered told them I probably had a recent check and that I was okay according to my professional registering body.
Needless bureaucracy is just that....needless.