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Making irrelevant convictions history

Victoria is the only Australian state without spent convictions legislation. This means that even trivial offences from decades ago can still appear on police criminal record checks.

Professor Bronwyn Naylor and Mr Stan Winford are participating in a historic project to change legislation connected with spent convictions and irrelevant criminal records in Victoria.

It represents a significant social barrier for many Aboriginal Victorians, at a time when the government looks to close the gap in employment rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Aboriginal people are currently 20 per cent less likely to participate in the labour force.

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