Finding a job with a criminal record: what new spent conviction laws mean

Find out how new laws will affect people with criminal records, particularly Aboriginal ex-offenders.

This event is part of the Victorian Law Week.

Criminal record discrimination has disproportionately impacted Aboriginal people in Victoria. The Criminal Record Discrimination Project investigated the damaging effects of criminal record discrimination across Victoria and our new project, Rethinking Criminal Record Checks, will educate employers and job seekers about their rights and obligations in disclosing criminal history.

Please join us for a panel discussion which aims to provide jobseekers, including Aboriginal people who have a criminal record, with information and guidance to present their strongest case for employment to an employer. The discussion will also look at how criminal history is taken into account in employment decisions.

Panel members:

  • Naomi Murphy is a Wakka Wakka woman; a Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation Aboriginal Community Engagement Worker and former Woor-Dungin Aboriginal Ex-Offender Employment Project Worker. Naomi will be discussing her own lived experiences with the justice system and her advocacy work in the Aboriginal community.
  • Michael Bell is a Gunditjmara Elder, former CEO at Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation, Elder at Portland, Hamilton and Warrnambool Court and a Convenor of the Criminal Record Discrimination Project Advisory Committee.
  • Christa Momot, Rethinking Criminal Record Checks Project Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator will discuss the community partnerships and history of the criminal record discrimination project.
  • Stan Winford, CIJ Associate Director. Stan will be speaking about the new spent convictions laws.
  • Bronwyn Naylor, RMIT Professor and Georgina Heydon, RMIT Associate Professor will be speaking about research undertaken into employers' attitudes into employing people with a criminal history.

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