The CIJ provided a submission to the Aboriginal Justice Forum to endorse the need for a legislated spent convictions scheme & anti-discrimination reforms to improve outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.
The Woor-Dungin Criminal Record Discrimination is an Aboriginal-led collaboration between numerous community and legal organisations. It was established to respond to calls from community for a response to the range of negative impacts Aboriginal Victorians face as a result of the unregulated disclosure of, and inappropriate reliance on, old and irrelevant criminal history.
These impacts include social and economic exclusion and poor justice and health outcomes, all of which limit the capacity of Aboriginal Victorians to achieve self-determination. This submission provides specific examples of these impacts through detailed case studies. This submission also develops a model for a spent convictions scheme and anti-discrimination protections based on extensive consultation with community.
This submission calls on the Aboriginal Justice Forum to endorse the need for a legislated spent convictions scheme and anti-discrimination reforms to improve outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.
The submission asks the Aboriginal Justice Forum to note the 11 recommendations on the content of a spent convictions scheme and anti-discrimination protections developed in this submission, and requests that the Department of Justice and Regulation brief relevant Ministers seeking a commitment to proceed with these reforms as a matter of urgency.
Publication - Aboriginal Justice Forum