Spent Convictions Act is formulated to limit an individual’s conviction for some offences, in case a person completes his crime-free behavior period. Besides this, the act also makes provision for quashed pardons and convictions. After the crime-free period gets completed, a conviction to which a particular scheme applies doesn’t affect the criminal history of person and it may be used only for specific purposes.The conviction of an individual for an offence is considered as spent, if it is quashed or the person is offered a pardon for the given offence.A conviction which is spent includes the charge to which a conviction is related and any action taken pertaining to the violation of prison discipline committed during the imprisonment period. However, following convictions can’t be considered as spent convictions-
In above cases, prison sentence doesn’t include detaining an individual under any control order or sentence declared through the periodic detentions. The crime-free period for an individual is the period during which the person is not subject to any control order. He must not be in prison because of offence conviction. If a conviction of an individual is spent then he doesn’t need to reveal the information about spent conviction to anybody. Besides this, the subject of an individual’s criminal history is not referred to spent conviction but it is referred to an individual’s convictions which are not spent.
According to the Spent Convictions Act 2000, an individual who has accessibility to the conviction records kept by public authority should not reveal any details about the spent convictions, without taking permission from legal authority. In case, the illegal confession of spent conviction occurs, the person has to suffer 6 months imprisonment or 50 penalty points or both. A person should not dishonestly or fraudulently acquire information regarding spent conviction from the conviction records kept by public authority. If a person acquires spent conviction information unfairly, he has to bear penalty of 50 points or six months imprisonment.
The Spent Convictions Act 2000 does not permit a person to disclose the conviction or to take a spent conviction into account, if a person does so, it may contrive some different law of Australian Capital Territory.