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Spent convictions

The Commonwealth Spent Convictions Scheme allows an individual to not disclose certain criminal convictions after a sufficient period of good behaviour. It also prohibits unauthorised disclosure and use of this information. The Scheme applies to convictions for less serious Commonwealth, State, Territory and Foreign offences. It also covers pardons and quashed convictions.

A conviction for a State or Territory offence may also be covered by a spent conviction scheme in the relevant state or territory.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has a fact sheet that outlines when the Commonwealth Spent Conviction Scheme applies. It includes information on when a conviction is spent, when an individual has a right not to disclose the conviction and circumstances when a spent conviction must not be taken into account. The fact sheet also includes a step-by-step guide to the Scheme.