Members of the public have been invited to make submissions to an independent review of Tasmania’s expungement scheme.
The scheme, Expungement of Historical Offences Act 2017, which commenced on April 9, 2018, enables the expungement of charges and convictions for historical homosexual and cross-dressing offences.
A person can make a confidential application to the Department of Justice secretary to have a relevant charge or conviction removed from their criminal record.
Tasmania was was the last state in Australia to decriminalise homosexuality in 1997 and cross-dressing was decriminised in 2000.
Expungement Scheme Independent Reviewer Melanie Bartlett said the review would report on the implementation of the scheme and assess if it had operated effectively and as intended.
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“People making submissions should indicate whether their written submission is being made in confidence, in full or in part, and the basis for the request to be treated in confidence,” Ms Bartlett said.
“The Independent Reviewers will be responsible for determining the confidentiality of any written submissions.
“People making submissions are also invited to indicate whether they wish to make oral submissions to the Independent Reviewers.
“Oral submissions will be taken in private.”
Submissions can be forwarded to [email protected] or mailed to The Independent Reviewers, GPO Box 825, Hobart, Tasmania, 7001.
Written submissions must be received by close of business on Monday August 31, 2020.