Australia and New Zealand extend criminal history information sharing trial

Federal Justice Minister Jason Clare has announced that the sharing of criminal history information between Queensland and New Zealand will be extended following a six month trial.

Mr Clare and the New Zealand Justice Minister Judith Collins have agreed to extend the six month trial due to end in December 2012 to July 2013.

The trial follows an agreement reached in January 2012 between the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand to improve the exchange of criminal history information for employers.

Mr Clare said the trial allows Queensland and New Zealand employers to request criminal history checks on behalf of potential employees.

Ms Collins said the Queensland trial forms part of a wider programme of work on reciprocal information sharing to support border control and law enforcement, consistent with the free movement of people across the Tasman.

"Both Governments are working toward a more automated process and are considering how this arrangement can be extended to criminal history information requests from employers across Australia and New Zealand," Ms Collins said.

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