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Statement On Extension For Royal Commission

The final reporting date for the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants has been extended after a request from the Royal Commission. The Victorian Government has approved additional time following a request from the Chair of the Commission, the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC – the Commission will now hand down its report by […]

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Laws Commence To Deliver Fairer Birth Certificates

Trans and gender diverse Victorians can now alter the sex recorded on their birth certificate without having to undergo invasive and costly sex affirmation surgery, with new laws now in effect. Trans and gender diverse people can now nominate the sex listed in their birth registration as male, female, or any other accepted gender diverse […]

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Victoria’s First Aboriginal Woman Member Appointed To VCAT

The Victorian Government has today announced the appointment of Michelle Gardner as the state’s first Aboriginal woman to serve as a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Ms Gardner is one of several new appointments and reappointments to VCAT. She joins other new members Mary Cameron, Chris Thwaites and Brook Hely, while Bernadette Steele […]

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Getting VCAT Moving Remotely During Coronavirus

The Victorian Government is ensuring the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) can hear important planning and other matters remotely, ensuring billions of dollars’ worth of projects can continue and Victorians can still access the justice they deserve during coronavirus. Work has already started on the $5.2 million upgrades required for the change, which will […]

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Temporary Emergency Measures To Manage Coronavirus Crisis

The Victorian Government will implement a range of temporary emergency measures to support Victorians and continue delivering the services we all rely on through the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus crisis. The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 will be introduced to Parliament on Thursday and sets out a range of temporary changes to protect […]

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Organisations On Notice To Join National Redress Scheme

Victorian organisations Who do not sign up to the National Redress Scheme will risk losing government funding, under tough new sanctions introduced by the Andrews Labor Government. Despite a 30 June 2020 deadline for institutions to join the scheme, 49 non-government organisations operating in Victoria are still yet to sign up to the scheme – […]

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New Deputy Chief Magistrate Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Magistrate Susan Wakeling as a Deputy Chief Magistrate. Magistrate Wakeling was appointed as a Magistrate on 30 June 2000. She has a long and distinguished career culminating in her current role as Regional Coordinating Magistrate at Melbourne, having previously been the Regional Coordinating Magistrate at […]

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Drug Court Expanded To Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding Victoria’s Drug Court program to improve community safety and reduce the rate of offending. To be introduced today, the Justice Legislation Amendment (Drug Court and Other Matters) Bill 2020 will amend the County Court Act 1958 and Sentencing Act 1991 to establish a Drug Court Division within the County […]

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Four New Appointments To The Magistrates’ Court

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Amina Bhai, Victoria Campbell, Andrew Halse and Helen Murphy to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Amina Bhai has been employed at the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) since 2009. Prior to her work in the OPP, she spent over 10 years in the Office of […]

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Protecting Emergency Workers From Harm

It will be even harder for people who assault emergency workers to use “special reasons” to avoid a jail term under new laws introduced into Parliament by the Andrews Labor Government. The Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020 will require courts to impose a sentence of imprisonment in all cases where an offender recklessly […]

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