On 24 May 2016, the Victorian Government will make a formal State apology in Parliament to those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws against homosexual acts prior to decriminalisation in 1981. The apology will be made to those who were directly affected by the laws and to Victoria’s LGBTI communities.

This follows the introduction of an expungement scheme in September 2015 after changes to the Sentencing Act 1991. These changes recognised that homosexual sex between consenting adults should never have been a crime.

The Apology is open to members of the public. If you would like to attend, please email equality@dpc.vic.gov.au. You will also be able view the live stream of the Apology on the day from the Parliament website – http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/