The independent review into the operation of the Expungement of Historical Offences Act 2017 was tabled in the House of Assembly today.

As Attorney General and Minister for Justice, I would like to thank the Independent Reviewer, Melanie Bartlett supported by Taya Ketelaar-Jones, for their diligent and comprehensive work to complete the review during difficult circumstances due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

The review, which was informed by submissions from multiple stakeholders, was required under the legislation to ensure it is operating effectively and as intended.

The Act, which commenced on 9 April 2018, provides a scheme enabling the expungement of charges and convictions for historical homosexual and cross-dressing offences.

It allows a person charged with an historical offence to make a confidential application to the Secretary of the Department of Justice to have a relevant charge or conviction removed from their criminal record.

The recommendations put forward in the review largely focus on fine tuning and promotion of the scheme. The Tasmanian Government will now consider those recommendations and respond in due course.

The review is available for download on the Department of Justice website: https://www.justice.tas.gov.au/about/reports_and_inquiries/final-report-expungement-of-historical-offences-act-2017

Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice