Criminal Records, Employment Discrimination & Aboriginal Communities
22 August 2019, 5:30PM-7:00PM
The RMIT Law Seminar Series presents a twilight seminar on Criminal Records, Employment Discrimination and Aboriginal Communities.
Criminal record checking is a common part of employment now in Australia. Some jobs require exclusion of people with particular criminal histories but many employers request a criminal record check as a routine form of general risk management.
Aboriginal people are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system, for a range of reasons including historic levels of disadvantage, and therefore are disproportionately likely to be negatively affected by criminal record checking when seeking employment. At the same time, productive and rewarding employment, and engagement in governance roles are vital aspects of Aboriginal people’s participation, contribution and engagement across all parts of the Australian community.
Our panel for the evening will examine the use of criminal record checks in Victoria and their impact on Aboriginal people and will outline current research including advocacy for spent convictions and anti-discrimination legislation in Victoria, to bring it into line with other Australian jurisdictions.
LocationVenue: The Oxford Scholar
Building 81, Level 1
427 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000