I am and have always been hugely interested in a career in flying but after a couple of incedences of wayward youth type behaviour I now have the eternal pockmark of a criminal record; it is effectively concealed by the "Clean Slate Act". I was wondering if anyone amongst yourselves has a similar problem and if it has proven to be a major issue in attaining either your cpl or a job? I would really like feedback from real pilots as the internet grapevine is so full of b.s.
There really is no way of answering that accurately on a forum. Having a criminal record does not immediately disqualify you from obtaining an ASIC (security clearance), it depends on what the offence was, what sentence you received and how long ago.
If your youthful act was committed as a juvenile you stand a better chance.
If an airline will still hire you with the conviction is something I do not know. I have been told that airlines will avoid you like the plague, even for ground job but its just a rumour really.
Thanks NIK, hmmm the answer seems to be very subjective. The crimes were very minor and happened when I was 18-19 and did not involve drugs or violence. They can be concealed under the clean slate act and my record is not accessible to anyone else other than me unless granted permission so by me. I'm also wondering what the best route is to attain a atpl?
Seven years is the American "Statute of Limitations." The "Clean Slate Act" is NZ. Australia has the "Spent Convictions Act" which comes into play after ten years. There are exclusions and conditions but they should be available on the net.
Three aspects to criminal records in the aviation industry:
(i) Eligibility for an ASIC/AVID - this is a narrow test very specific to certain classes or levels of offences.
(ii) Employment pre-screening - Employers may seek a declaration and/or a national criminal records certificate regarding any charges or offences.
(iii) International Working/Transit Visas - Many countries, particuarly the US, have restrcitions on entry to the country as a result of criminal records, regardless of the time or various 'spent convictions' schemes. This may apply to your visa for entering the country for the purposes of transit as a commercial pilot or for training as a commercial pilot to get an endorsement. Might be very embarassing when they send you o/s only to discover you are coming straight home in the jump seat for some minor infraction you failed to mention at recruitment.
(i) The spent convictions scheme(s) only apply in certain states. Victoria has NO spent convictions scheme, however the Vic police have a 'disclosure policy' that is discretionary and not binding. The Federal scheme only applies to Federal offences. I understand that most schemes only apply to the jurisdiction where they are located - may not cover you for overseas visa purposes, so don't get a shock when the Federal police tell the US immigration that you had a finding of guilt for 1 gram of marajuana 18 years ago when you were 17.
(ii) Convicitons and non-convicitons - Usually, pre-employment, Visas and the ASIC process will feature questions and require declarations specific to whether you have been
- charged with an offence and the outcome
- been the subject of a finding of guilt. A finding of guilt can arise even though you were 'not convicted'. these days, a finding of guilt is treated the same as a conviction. In fact, some spent convictions legislation declares that findings fo guilt are criminal offences for the purposes of the Act.
(iii) Diversion - diversion is where you effectively avoid a hearing by admitting your wrong doing and apologising. Usually a first time event for a minor offence. This will usually be recorded with an outcome of 'discharged', rather than dismissed and it may be patently obvious that you were up for it, even though there was no finding of guilt.
(iv) offences that are not arising from the criminal/common law, summary offences act, crimes act or other 'criminal' laws can still be criminal offences that are requried to be declared. An offence prosecuted in court is a criminal offence, unless it is stated to be a civil penalty provision. The following are still regarded as 'criminal' if prosecuted in court;
- tax offences
- traffic offences (speeding, drink driving, careless driving)
- offences to do with non-compliance with various other laws, such as the various Avaition Laws, Building Act, Domestic Building Contracts Act, Planning adn Environment Act, Transport offences (no ticket, feet on the seats etc...) THE POLICE DO NOT HAVE TO PROSECUTE YOU for it to be CRIMINAL.
Ticketed pecuniary peanlties in the form of expiation notices (i.e. parking fines) are not generally regarded as crimes, as they do not require an admission of guilt opr appearance at Court, UNLESS you don;t pay and they issue a warrant in the PERIN Court - then you are up sh-t creek.
The golden rule is don't lie. If they later discover some minor infraction for dope, drunka disorderly, pissing in the street, telling a ticket inspector to 'f-off', then they will regard the failure to disclose or declare dishonest.
Signing a declaration where you know it is false, (i.e. a declaration of criminal history) is most likely to be a serious offence, unless protected by spent convictions legislation, IF it applies. Tell them the truth.
PM me for further info or a referral to a criminal lawyer. I spec. in construction and industrial law, but can refer you to an expert in the area. Cheers, P
In some cases, the employer may not want a declaration, only a National criminal recrods certificate issued by the police. This makes it easier as you don't have to declare events that may or may not be otherwise disclosed.
Whilst I feel for the miss spent times of someones past this thread serves if nothing else as a reminder to those youngsters (or anyone for that matter) who thinks that being above the law may want to think twice before being a blight on society. I am of the opinion that (& that's all it is) if you do wrong in the eyes of the law then you have that stigma with you the rest of yr life,period! That alone may be a good deterent to how some think/act. I have worked hard all my life never been in trouble with the law (had one speeding fine many years ago which I proved they where wrong) & I am proud of that fact but it makes me cross to think that crims get away with murder figuratively speaking & expect to have society think that's acceptable & are allowed to roam again after a piddly weak incarceration!.
Heavens knows out judicial system is a joke we all know that! 100's get killed on the roads every year yet we (society/law makers) still allow for forgiveness! In the case of Mr Meaners then I guess it's up to the individual employer but I'd hate to have any criminal past hanging over my head.
A bit off track I know but it's all tied up with the same thinking or lack thereof.