Living down the past: criminal record checks and access to employment for ex-offenders

One of the aims of this project is to identify the current practices of employers Australia wide. We are inviting human resource managers and other employment decision makers from various industries to participate in a survey, and subsequently interviews and focus groups, in an endeavour to obtain a clearer picture of the issues, policies, legislation and/or practices which are currently guiding the use of criminal record checks in Australia.

This research is motivated by the fact that employment is considered to be essential to the rehabilitation of offenders, but the increased demand for criminal record checks in pre-employment processes can have a negative impact on this population’s employment prospects. At the same time, more and more employers are faced with weighing up the significance of a criminal history and evaluating its predictive force as a risk management tool, whilst negotiating privacy, anti-discrimination and spent convictions schemes.

Researchers include:  Georgina Heydon (RMIT), Antoinette Saliba (RMIT), Bronwyn Naylor (Monash), Marilyn Pittard (Monash), Moira Paterson (Monash).

Start By 1 January 2009
Completed By ongoing
Funding ARC Linkage Grant
Researcher(s) Georgina Heydon
Program Human Security and Disasters
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia