Spent convictions

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You are not required to disclose any information in relation to a spent conviction to the Business Licensing Authority. Please view the Spent Convictions Act 2021 page on the Department of Justice and Community Safety website for more information.

However, please note that a law enforcement agency may disclose a spent conviction as part of disclosure of a person’s criminal record to the Business Licensing Authority for the purpose of licensing under the Sex Work Act 1994.

If you believe you may need to apply for permission or otherwise have questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Business Licensing Authority using the online BLA enquiry form.

Rules about spent convictions in Victoria

The release of any Victorian criminal record must comply with the Spent Convictions Act 2021 (Vic). The effect of a spent conviction is that:

  • a spent conviction does not form part of a person’s criminal record
  • a person is not required to disclose the existence of a spent conviction or information related to a spent conviction
  • a person must not request that another person disclose the existence of a spent conviction or information related to a spent conviction.

The Business Licensing Authority does not seek any information in relation to spent convictions.

For information or advice about spent convictions, please seek independent legal advice.

Rules about spent convictions in other states and territories and the Commonwealth

The release of any criminal record must comply with any Commonwealth, state or territory legislation which has the effect that:

  • a spent conviction does not form part of a person’s criminal record
  • that person is not required to disclose any information in respect of the spent conviction.

The Business Licensing Authority does not seek any information in relation to spent convictions.

For information or advice about spent convictions, please seek independent legal advice.