Expressions Of Interest Open For Victims Committee

The Andrews Labor Government is seeking expressions of interest from Victorians who have had experience in dealing with the impact of a range of serious crimes and are committed to improving justice for all victims.

Victims of crime will continue to play a vital role in shaping Victoria’s criminal justice system, with expressions of interest now open for membership of the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula invited victims of crime to join the committee and have their say on legislation, policy and support services for victims over a two-year term.

The committee brings together victim representatives, Victoria Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions, the judiciary, the Adult Parole Board, the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal and victim service agencies.

In April, Mr Pakula announced the appointment of retired Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Bernard Teague AO as Chair of the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee.

Together with Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies APM, the committee plays a significant role ensuring Victoria’s justice system continues to improve its services for victims.

Expressions of interest should be addressed to the Director, Victims Support Agency, GPO Box 4349. Melbourne 3001 and received by no later than 31 July 2015.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“We’re inviting Victorians who have experienced a serious crime in the past to help the Government and our justice system better support victims.”

“Victims representatives will provide advice to a permanent reference group and help promote discussion and mutual understanding, supporting crime victims to have a greater voice in our justice system.”

“I’d like to thank the committee’s current seven victim representatives who have bravely promoted the interests of victims in the administration of justice over the past two years.”