The Department of Justice and Regulation Corporate Plan 2017-2021 sets out what the department will deliver over the next four years.
The department has productive partnerships with more than 60 statutory entities and has the support of more than 100,000 volunteers. It has extensive service delivery responsibilities which range from managing the state’s prison system to providing consumer protection and enforcing court warrants.
The plan sets out the role the department will play in supporting key whole of government initiatives including:
- leading the implementation of 110 of 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence
- managing the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme to ensure that all people with a disability who interact with justice and regulatory services receive the appropriate support
- working to close the gap in Aboriginal over-representation in the criminal justice system by evaluating phase 3 and implementing phase 4 of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement and working constructively to resolve native title claims in line with the Victorian Government’s support for Aboriginal self-determination.
It also sets out the strategic priorities the department will deliver during 2017-2021, including to:
- support the delivery of the Community Safety Statement 2017
- implement legislative and operational reforms to the bail system to manage risk and strengthen community safety, particularly in relation to complex and serious offenders
- continue the effective transition of the youth justice system into the portfolio including: ensuring that youth justice facilities are fit-for-purpose; staff are supported; and planning is undertaken to respond to future demand. The department will also implement the findings of several reviews, strengthen youth justice infrastructure and deliver a new 224 bed youth justice facility
- build a sustainable system through planning to meet future demand for correctional services, improving and expanding prison infrastructure and addressing the growth in community correctional services
- implement the serious offender reforms to the post-sentence scheme
- increase support for victims of crime.
- implement recommendations supported in the Government Response to the Access to Justice Review
- increase support for vulnerable members of Victoria’s community through: working with Office of the Public Advocate to address increased demand for services; enhancing protections against elder abuse; increasing Aboriginal Victorians’ use of Birth Deaths and Marriages services; and early dispute resolution.
- embed a culture of human rights across the Victorian Public Service.
- enhance the ability of the emergency management sector and Victorians to work together and grow their collective capability to create safer and more resilient communities
- build emergency management capability and capacity through development of effective people, systems and infrastructure
- coordinate the implementation of the state-wide strategic priorities and actions as outlined in the Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan Update #1, 2016–2019.
- modernise the residential tenancy framework to ensure it strikes the right balance between renters and rental providers and provides accessible dispute resolution pathways
- review the gaming machine regulatory framework ahead of the expiration of current entitlements in 2022
- review the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring minimisation measures are effective.
- strengthen the regional operating model to support the growth of community correctional services and delivery of youth justice services.
- ensure the department demonstrates best practice Occupational Health and Safety in order to provide a safe and secure environment for staff, clients and customers
- implement Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme.
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