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Hi all

I hope someone can put my mind at rest. When I first came to Australia in 2013, I declared a criminal conviction for drink driving in 1988. Sentence was a fine and 18 month ban, reduced after attending a DD course to 15 months.

Visa came back endorsed 'No Criminal Convictions. I now realise this was not an endorsement but a visa condition of being in Australia.

For subsequent visas I ticked no for criminal record as thought the first visa endorsement of no criminal convictions meant as far as the department was concerned there wasn't one. I now realise this was a massive error.

I am about to lodge for PR and have ticked yes again to conviction, redeclaring the offence, along with an explanation explaining there was never any intent to deceive the department.

Whilst the offence itself doesn't breach the character requirements, I'm terrified of the implications of not redeclaring on subsequent visa applications.

Please can someone hopefully put my mind at rest.

Thanks.
 
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