All registrants must meet the Criminal History Registration Standard set by their Board.
Criminal History Standard Considerations
While every case will need to be decided on an individual basis, the following 10 factors provide the basis for a National Board’s consideration:
- The nature and gravity of the offence or alleged offence and its relevance to health practice.
- The period of time since the health practitioner committed, or allegedly committed, the offence.
- Whether a finding of guilt or a conviction was recorded for the offence or a charge for the offence is still pending.
- The sentence imposed for the offence.
- The age of the health practitioner and of any victim at the time the health practitioner committed, or allegedly committed, the offence.
- Whether or not the conduct that constituted the offence or to which the charge relates has been decriminalised since the health practitioner committed, or allegedly committed, the offence.
- The health practitioner’s behaviour since he or she committed, or allegedly committed, the offence.
- The likelihood of a future risk and the need to protect the public.
- Any information given by the health practitioner, such as an explanation or mitigating factors.
- Any other matter that the Board considers relevant.
Note: the above factors have been numbered for ease of reference only. The numbering does not indicate a priority order of application.
For complete details of the criminal history standard, refer to the Registration Standards for your health profession.