From September 2015, people who have been found guilty or convicted of historic homosexual offences in Victoria, can apply for these offences to be expunged from their criminal record. These changes were introduced in recognition that homosexual sexual conduct between consenting adults – which was decriminalised in Victoria in 1981 – should never have been a crime.
If you have or know someone who has a historic finding of guilt or conviction for homosexual activity, the Expungement Legal Service can:
- Advise you on the expungement scheme (including if you are eligible to apply);
- Assist you to prepare your application and relevant paperwork; and
- Support you through the expungement process.
Applying for expungement will mean that your finding of guilt or conviction will be removed for all official purposes (eg. police records check, visa application, employment history, court record, Working with Children Check).
Our Expungement Legal Service provides free and confidential legal help to anyone affected by these laws in Victoria. Our team is staffed by LGBTIQ identifying lawyers and includes a volunteer lawyer with personal experience of the climate and police attitudes before the old laws were repealed.
We can also provide legal support for people wanting to apply for expungement in New South Wales and the ACT. If you have offences from another state or territory, we are working towards expungement Australia wide and can talk to you about your options.
Contact the Expungement Legal Service
Phone: (03) 8636 4458
If you call outside office hours, please inform us if we can leave you a message and your preferred method of contact.