I am attempting to apply for a tourist visa to Australia. When I get to the question about prior convictions, it says any past convictions, not substantial like some other countries do, and I have a juvenile offense from when I was 15. I did not spend 12 months in juvie, just two weeks and a 12 month probation period. I was told it would not show after I was 18, but this is leading me to believe I should check yes and not no. I also have a speeding ticket that I am wondering if I should list on the application or wait until the IPC to say yes to. I am over 18 now and live in the United States.

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    Are you over 18 now?
    – Peter M
    Commented May 21, 2023 at 15:56
  • For completeness, what is your citizenship (and country of residence, if different).
    – Traveller
    Commented May 21, 2023 at 16:31
  • A speeding ticket (in most places) is a moving violation, not a criminal conviction. Commented May 21, 2023 at 20:41
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    If I were you I’d consider getting a police report to submit with your application. Does this answer your question? Australia ETA with prior speeding ticket
    – Traveller
    Commented May 22, 2023 at 8:44
  • Yes I am over 18 now. I live in the United States. Commented May 23, 2023 at 17:40

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On the basis of your brief description, you should include your youth conviction. If you tell the truth, you won't be denied a tourist visa. You may have to fill out more forms.

"Traffic Tickets" are typically not convictions. If you have been called to court, and been convicted, you should list the convictions. They won't matter (you've already said there was no jail time), but convictions must be listed.

You should also list things that you think might count as a conviction somewhere else, even if you only got a ticket: for traffic offenses, that's anything involving drugs, drink driving, or personal injury.

As it happens, simple ordinary speeding offenses mostly don't give rise to convictions in the USA, and mostly don't give rise to convictions in Canada or Australia, so they aren't 'virtual convictions' that you have to list along with 'technical convictions'.

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