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Disciplinary Law

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Can criminal charges affect my sporting career?

Introduction In addition to penalties imposed at sentencing, a criminal charge can have a substantial impact on your life. Sometimes, simply being charged with a criminal offence could have you disciplined by your club or the sporting body you are affiliated with. As Queensland’s largest private criminal defence firm, Potts Lawyers are entrusted by amateur and elite athletes to protect their interests not only on the criminal front, but also to ensure minimal impact to their careers.  We understand that athletes are given an exemplary amount of media attention, but you won’t find our lawyers going out of their way to...

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I am an architect or aspiring architect convicted of a criminal offence. What are the consequences and do I have to disclose this?

Who does this apply to? In Queensland, architects are subject to the Architects Act 2002 (Qld). Architects practicing outside Queensland are not subject to this legislation; however similar legislation may exist in other states and territories. We are also able to assist interstate architects; however this article is solely for those practicing, or seeking to practice in Queensland. Am I eligible to register as an architect? Do I need to disclose my charges or convictions? The Board of Architects of Queensland must be satisfied you are fit to practice as an architect prior to accepting the registration. In determining fitness, the Board may...

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What are the consequences of a criminal charge or conviction on a teacher or aspiring teacher?

Who does this apply to? This article applies to all existing and aspiring teachers in Queensland. Registration to the Queensland College of Teachers is mandatory and regulated by the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 (Qld) (“the Act”). The law in other jurisdictions in Australia may differ, and hence this article is applicable only to those within Queensland. If you are interstate, we are still able to assist you, and have experience in a variety of jurisdictions. We encourage you to contact are office. If you are an early childhood teacher, registration with the College of Teachers may not be compulsory...

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What does ‘no conviction recorded’ really mean in Queensland?

Article by Aadil Master Introduction Having a criminal conviction on your record can have a prolonged and profound impact on your life that extends far beyond the punishment imposed by a court during a sentence. It can, in some circumstances, be used adversely against you in terms of employment, travel, loans, rental applications, and more. In some cases, it may not matter what the offence was, and having any criminal history whatsoever could result in an automatic denial or potential loss of opportunity.  For this reason, it is in your best interests that you seek a conviction not be recorded, even if...

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I am an engineer or aspiring engineer charged with a criminal offence. What are the consequences and do I have to disclose this?

Who does this apply to? In Queensland, engineers who practise in virtually every area of engineering are subject to the Professional Engineers Act 2002 (Qld). Engineers practising outside Queensland are not subject to this legislation; however similar legislation may exist in other states and territories. We are also able to assist interstate engineers; however this article is solely for those practising in Queensland. Am I eligible to register as a professional engineer? Do I need to disclose my charges or convictions? The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland must be satisfied you are fit to practise as a registered professional engineer prior to...

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I am a health practitioner charged with a drink driving offence. Do I have to notify AHPRA or my national board?

Unfortunately, there is no fixed answer to this question. The reason is because the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (“National Law”) makes it mandatory for a disclosure to be made if you have been charged with an offence punishable by 12 months or more of imprisonment; or convicted of any offence punishable by any term of imprisonment (even if no imprisonment was actually imposed). The maximum penalty for drink driving offences varies based on a number of factors. These include your blood alcohol concentration, previous drink driving or related convictions, the length of time since previous convictions, the type of license...

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What are the consequences of a criminal charge or conviction on a health practitioner or aspiring health practitioner?

Who does this apply to? Health practitioners, including chiropractors, dentists, doctors, nurses, medical radiation practitioners, midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, and psychologists are subject to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (“National Law”), which applies in each state and territory across Australia. The National Law sets out the general standards each of these practitioners must abide by, as well as outlining the process through which they may be registered under the relevant board. I am applying for registration as a health practitioner? What do I need to do? Section 52(1)(c) of the National Law sets out that a person is...

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