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A landmark scheme enabling the expungement of charges and convictions for historical homosexual and cross-dressing offences has today commenced.

The scheme allows a person charged with a historical offence to make an application to the Secretary of the Department of Justice to have a relevant charge or conviction removed from their criminal record under the Expungement of Historical Offences Act 2017.

The commencement of this scheme is an important step forward in addressing previous laws that were unfair and unjust for many people in our community who endured disadvantage, discrimination and stigma.  

The Hodgman Government is proud to have delivered on this important reform.

Confidential applications can be made on the scheme website. http://www.ehos.tas.gov.au/ 

Elise Archer, Minister for Justice