Model spent convictions bill

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The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General is working on a project to design a national model Bill for a spent-convictions scheme. A spent-convictions scheme provides for certain criminal convictions to be disregarded, for most purposes, after a sufficient period of good behaviour. All Australian jurisdictions except Victoria and South Australia already have such schemes, and New Zealand has one, but the legislation varies from one jurisdiction to the next. As yet, no jurisdiction has given a commitment to adopt the model Bill. Ministers will consider that question in light of comment received on this paper.

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