New Laws Enshrine Rights For Victims Of Crime

Attorney-General Martin Pakula will today introduce new laws in Parliament, cementing the role of the Victims of Crime Commissioner as an advocate for victims.

Mr Pakula said the bill establishes the role of the independent Commissioner, who advocates for the recognition and inclusion of victims of crime in the justice system.

Mr Greg Davies APM was appointed as the inaugural Victims Commissioner in October 2014.

He has been an effective advocate for victims of crime across many government agencies, and formalising his position will ensure that he is able to continue to be an independent voice for victims.

The laws will also give statutory recognition to the role of the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee, guaranteeing it will continue to provide victims of crime the opportunity to be heard by government and ensuring their concerns are considered in formulating policy.

The committee, which formed in 2013, has proven to be a valuable forum bringing victims of crime, judges and magistrates and criminal justice professionals together to discuss policy and services for victims of crime.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula

“The Andrews Labor government recognises the harm suffered by victims of crime and is committed to doing whatever we can to make their experience with the criminal justice system a respectful one.”

“The Victims of Crime Commissioner is a unique voice advocating for victims of crime in their dealings with the criminal justice system and government agencies. This bill formalises the role as an independent Commissioner, with clearly stated functions and powers.”

“By cementing its place in legislation, this bill ensures that the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee will continue to provide victims with the opportunity to be heard by government and within the criminal justice system.”