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Spent convictions.

The Spent Convictions Act 2021 comes into effect today and allows eligible convictions to become ‘spent’ if the person has not reoffended after a 5-year period for young people, or 10-years for adults. A conviction that is spent will no longer appear on a police record check unless an exemption applies.

Historical convictions are a burden some people have had to live with long after they have demonstrated their ability to live a crime-free and productive life – often facing unfair stigma and discrimination.

All convictions for children aged under 15 will be immediately spent, providing them with an opportunity to turn their lives around.

Convictions that resulted in sentences of 30-months or less will be eligible to be spent automatically after a 5-year crime-free period for young people aged 15-20 and a 10-year period for adults.

Some more serious convictions, including for sexual or serious violence offences can only be spent upon application to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, which will begin on 1 July 2022.

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