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June 5 2015

Law Institute Of Victoria Says Minor Crimes Should Be Wiped From Records

"Less serious crimes should disappear from adults' criminal records a decade after they have been convicted, lawyers say.

In all other Australian states and territories, police are prevented from disclosing certain crimes people have committed to prospective employers, including older, less serious and irrelevant convictions and guilt findings. Victoria is the only state without a law to limit police disclosure of such crimes, known elsewhere as ""spent convictions"". The Law Institute of Victoria has written to Attorney-General Martin Pakula saying that the Andrews government introduces a scheme for spent convictions. The submission says that prison terms shorter than 30 months and sentences that carry no prison time should not be disclosed after a decade. The main exception would be for sexual offences, in line with all other state laws. "