I'm looking for some advice regarding eVisitor visas and the clause regarding criminal convictions.
I have conviction for 3 months for theft from a shop which was suspended for 12 months. This is not yet spent as I got it in 2014. It's the only thing I've ever done and was something I immediately regretted.
I traveled to Australia last year using the eVisitor with my family to see my partners' parents. I declared it on my landing card and was pulled aside for questioning by a friendly officer. He allowed me in but told me I should apply for 600 visa next time even though my conviction was for less than 12 months. He said that one of the conditions was no convictions but everywhere I look and I've emailed the embassy, states that it's fine if under 12 months.
I'm due to fly out again in February but want to make sure that I'm doing nothing wrong with applying for the eVisitor visa.