The commencement of this legislation on 1 December 2021, brought Victoria into line with the other states which already have such a scheme.
Employees and job candidates have rights under the Act, relating to an employer’s access to their criminal records. When particular criminal convictions lapse they may not be used as a basis for making decisions about a person’s employment. This generally applies to less serious offences.
Convictions which have lapsed under the legislation will not appear on a police record check unless the check is for certain types of employment, such as working with children. Specific provisions under some legislation, for example an application for a firearms licence, will still require full criminal histories to be disclosed.
Convictions for offences which are not deemed serious are eligible to be spent automatically after a 10-year crime-free period, for offences committed as an adult. The period is 5 years for offences committed as a minor.
The Spent convictions commentary has been updated in the By Lawyers Employment Law and Magistrates’ Court – Criminal (Vic) guides.