Submissions invited for independent review of expungement scheme

Melanie Bartlett, Expungement Scheme Independent Reviewer

Members of the public are invited to provide submissions to an independent review of the operation of the Expungement of Historical Offences Act 2017.

The Act, which commenced on 9 April 2018, provides a scheme enabling the expungement of charges and convictions for historical homosexual and cross-dressing offences.

It allows a person charged with a historical offence to make a confidential application to the Secretary of the Department of Justice to have a relevant charge or conviction removed from their criminal record.

The review will report on the implementation of the Act and assess whether it is operating effectively and as intended.

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