Sex Offenders Registration
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Operating since October 2004 by Victoria Police, the Sex Offenders Register was created as a socially protective measure, providing information about sex offenders that may prevent sexual crimes. However, after a few years of operation, it seemed to many not to be optimally efficient, focussed or just.
Following a report by the Victorian Ombudsman raising such concerns about the register, the Attorney-General asked the Commission to review the relevant laws and research how information about sex offenders was used by law enforcement and child protection agencies. Initiated in April 2010, the review’s main focus was to improve the efficacy of the register to protect children.
In June 2011, the Commission released an information paper describing how Victoria’s sex offender registration system operated and asking how it could be improved, especially in assessing the risk of re-offending, preventing further offences and protecting children from harm. In response, 32 written submissions were received and the Commission also met with the key government agencies responsible for managing sex offenders and protecting children, including Victoria Police, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services. Other experts consulted included leading academics, forensic pathologists, forensic psychiatrists, lawyers, judges, registered offenders and their families, and victim advocates.
The final report, tabled in Parliament on 18 April 2012, contained 79 recommendations to strengthen the registration scheme by sharpening its focus on the protection of children. The recommendations would enable police to better manage offenders posing a risk to children and provide child protection authorities with timely information about at-risk children.
The report and other documents can be downloaded from the links below.
- Terms of reference received
- Submissions and consultations
- Submissions closed
- Final Report
- Tabled in parliament