The Sexual Offences: Final Report was tabled in Parliament on 25 August 2004.
The report recommends:
- better education and training for police, lawyers and judges
- improved police responses to all complainants, but particularly Indigenous and NESB people, children, and people with a cognitive impairment
- reducing the time taken to get to trial for children and people with a cognitive impairment
- introducing a specialist approach to the listing of sexual offence cases in the Magistrates’ Court
- reducing the number of times children and people with a cognitive impairment must give the same evidence
- tightening cross-examination regulations and barring the accused from questioning the complainant or other vulnerable witnesses in person
- making testimony by closed-circuit television routine and allowing videotaped testimony for children and people with a cognitive impairment
- restricting access to the complainant’s counselling records
- widening the definition of allowable evidence and who can give it
- the establishment of a working party to examine potential responses to young sexual offenders.
The report can be downloaded below.