Australia - criminal conviction help!

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Australia - criminal conviction help! 

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Joined 2016-11-15

When I was 16 I was given a referral order (basically community service) for ABH by the magistrates court, when I was 17 I was given a fine for drunken disorderly. I am now trying to apply for an Australian visa to go next year, I’ll be 21., it says if my conviction is under 6 months then I can apply for the ETA but I may be refused entry at the border so I might want to apply for the Tourist visa (subclass 600). Why would I be turned away at the border if my conviction sentence was under 12 months? 

Does anyone else have any advice/ precious experience of trying to go to aus with a past conviction?