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Spent convictions scheme passes Victoria’s upper house

"It's been a long and emotional journey but with this new legislation I hope my mob and all Victorians won't have to face as many barriers as I have in the past," Wakka Wakka woman, Naomi Murphy.

Jedda Costa, 19 March 2021, ABC News

In February last year, Naomi Murphy was preparing to fly to Hawaii to watch her young daughter compete in an international netball tournament.

But just days before her departure, Ms Murphy’s plans were stopped short when she was notified her visa had been rejected due to a minor criminal offence she committed more than 10 years ago.

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Key points:

  • Victoria becomes the last state in Australia to introduce a spent convictions scheme
  • It will see minor criminal offences removed from police checks after 10 years
  • The legislation will take effect from December 1

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