By Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press
Published: 03:39 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 03:39 BST, 1 August 2019
A father wanted to work with children despite losing his five-year-old son after the boy sliced his foot on a tin of cat food at their squalid home.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal rejected the 47-year-old Melbourne man's application on the basis he lacked insight into the 2012 death of his son.
Despite working a $160,000 job at the time, the man raised his two sons in a home that was littered with rotting and spoilt food, mould, faeces and broken furniture.
His five-year-old boy was illiterate, had never been to a doctor, and had trouble walking after slicing his toe open on a tin can of cat food.
The father was spared jail during sentencing in 2014, though had wished to pursue studying in mental health.
He approached the tribunal in a bid to lift a ban on working with kids so he could finish his study, Herald Sun reported.
A father wanted to work with children despite losing his five-year-old son after the boy sliced his foot on a tin of cat food at their squalid home (pictured, the squalid home around the time of the death of the boy in 2012)
He told the panel the house had been cleaned up and reassured the tribunal he had turned his life around and was addressing his mental health issues.
'This offending will definitely not happen to me again as I am resilient and will not put myself in any compromising situation anymore,’ he said.
He said his wife had previously threatened to leave him if he told anyone of the state of his home.