If you broke the law and went to court whether you were a young person or an adult, do you have to tell people, like a new or future employer or other interested parties?
This area is very complex so it's always a good idea to get legal advice.
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Generally speaking however, a criminal record can be a stain on the rest of your life.
Many people who have committed an offence or offences whether as children or as an adult have been denied access into foreign countries because of a criminal record. Similarly, a criminal record may affect your employment opportunities.
Even if you went to court and admit to a crime (plead guilty) and the magistrate decides not to record a conviction you still may have to provide information if you're asked during a criminal history check. For instance you may be asked if you've been charged with breaking the law and found guilty in court.
A conviction for an offence where a person went to prison or could have been sentenced to prison is not taken into account after 10 years for most jobs, depending on the offence. For individuals convicted of summary offences and juveniles convicted of offences the period is 5 years.
If you feel you've been dsicriminated against particularly in the workplace because of your criminal history you should get legal advice. You can lodge a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission.