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Extension To Harper Review Into Serious Sex Offenders

27 October 2015

The Victorian Government has granted an extension to the finishing date for the Harper Review into the management of serious sex offenders on supervision orders, including Sean Price.

The head of the independent panel, former Supreme Court judge and Court of Appeal Justice David Harper, has requested an extension until 27 November.

Mr Harper advised the Government that due to the complexity and sensitivity of the investigation an additional four weeks was needed to complete the review.

The review, led by former Supreme Court judge David Harper, will provide advice on how the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 could be improved, or another post-sentence legislative framework be created, to strengthen the management of adult victim sex offenders and the protection of the community.

It will also provide advice on governance models for improved decision-making and case management between the criminal justice and mental health service systems in relation to complex adult victim sex offenders.

The expert panel has been asked to consider the current management of similar supervision order adult victim sex offenders and provide advice on any further action to be taken to mitigate their risk of further violent or sexual offending and to improve their treatment and rehabilitation.

The findings of the review will be made public subject to any redactions required for legal, privacy and operational reasons.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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