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Spent Convictions in Western Australia

A spent conviction is the same as having no conviction recorded. This means the disclosure requirements for that conviction will be limited. National Police Certificates won’t list any spent convictions so will not interfere with any applications for visas and some employment searches. Therefore when someone asks “have you previously been convicted of an offence” you can answer “No”. It is important to note, though, that certain government departments, the police and the courts will have access to information relating to your spent conviction if they have an exemption under the Spent Convictions Act 1988.

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