Topic: Justice

Debate Of Historic Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill Starts

The historic debate of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill starts in Parliament today. This week the Victorian Parliament is expected to hold one of its most emotional debates, with all Labor Members given a conscience vote on the legislation. The Bill – prepared by Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Attorney-General Martin Pakula – follows […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Ararat Secure Facility On Track

Construction is underway on a new secure facility in Ararat that will house serious sex offenders and serious violent offenders after they have completed their prison sentence. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney today toured the site, where head contractor Kane Constructions recently began work to build the 20-bed facility. The facility, which will feature a […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

Ravenhall Correctional Centre Officially Opened

Victoria’s 15th and most technologically advanced prison, the Ravenhall Correctional Centre, has been officially opened by the Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney. Ravenhall, which is equivalent to the size of 16 MCGs and surrounded by a six metre high, 1.7 kilometre long state-of-the-art perimeter wall, will start receiving prisoners in coming weeks. More than 1,000 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

New Victoria Legal Aid Chair Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Bill Jaboor as the new Chair of Victoria Legal Aid. With a distinguished public sector career as CEO of local governments at Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Shepparton and Benalla, Mr Jaboor has helped drive education, employment and development projects in Melbourne’s West and across the state for […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Giving A Voice To Victims Of Crime

The Andrews Labor Government today announced it will introduce new laws to make it easier for victims of crime to share their stories and experiences publicly. The Labor Government will amend the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to clarify the current law and change the way that publication restrictions in the Children’s Court apply […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Laws To Crack Down On Youth Crime Pass Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to crackdown on youth crime passed Parliament yesterday. The Children and Justice Legislation (Youth Justice Reform) Bill 2017 was introduced in May as part of Victoria’s largest ever suite of legislative measures to keep the community safe. Under the Labor Government’s reforms, young offenders will face longer detention periods of […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Historic Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill Now In Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government today introduced a Bill into Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, with a vote expected before the end of the year. The Bill – prepared by Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Attorney-General Martin Pakula – delivers on the safe and compassionate framework designed by the Ministerial Advisory Panel, […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

New Fines Scheme To Support Family Violence Victim Survivors

Victim survivors of family violence will no longer be unfairly liable for fines incurred by perpetrators, under a new scheme introduced into Parliament by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Fines Reform Amendment Bill 2017 completes the implementation of two key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence (112 and 113) and will create […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Legal Services Commissioner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Fiona McLeay as Victoria’s new Legal Services Commissioner. Ms McLeay is an experienced senior executive, lawyer and board director, and will replace long-serving Commissioner Michael McGarvie who steps down on 26 September. The appointment is a dual role and Ms McLeay will also serve as CEO […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Website To Help Victims Navigate Justice System

Victims of crime and witnesses will find it easier to navigate the criminal justice system thanks to a new Office of Public Prosecutions’ website launched by the Andrews Labor Government today. Funded through the Labor Government’s $18.9 million package for the Office of Public Prosecutions in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the new website links victims […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release