VACCA welcomes Victorian State Government commitment to introducing legislated spent convictions scheme in Victoria

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Date: 27 February 2020 

VACCA is pleased to hear the announcement that the Victorian State Government has committed to introducing a legislated spent convictions scheme in Victoria.

This decision will help to ensure old criminal records for eligible offences do not have a damaging impact on an individual and their ability to gain employment, secure housing or undertake volunteer work.

VACCA made a submission in July 2019 which formed part of a response to the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into a Legislated Spent Convictions Scheme. 

VACCA’s submission highlighted that the introduction of a spent convictions scheme is a step towards addressing the disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal children and young people involved in the justice system by ensuring they are protected against discrimination on this basis.

It provides an opportunity to be reintegrated back into community and effectively rehabilitate free of discrimination on the basis of their criminal record.

Victoria is the only jurisdiction that does not currently have a legislated spent convictions scheme.  

Read the media release from the Attorney-General for more information

  

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