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Below is a list of news stories featured on the Department of Justice and Regulation homepage over the last 12 months.

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Have your say on how fires should be managed in Victoria

15 November 2017

Victorians have an opportunity to shape the future of fire management in Victoria by providing feedback to the Victorian Fire Management Strategy Discussion Paper.

Watch out for travelling con men offering to do to work on your home

31 October 2017

Consumer Affairs Victoria is running a campaign to warn about scams involving offers to do cheap work for cash on homes - with con men doing shoddy work or disappearing before finishing.

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Department's 2016-17 Annual Report now available

19 October 2017

The Department of Justice and Regulation's 2016-17 Annual Report has been tabled. Learn more about the department's activities and achievements.

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Fire Action Week: Stay safe this fire season

13 October 2017

Fire Action Week is an annual fire-planning and preparation event that encourages Victorians to prepare early for the upcoming fire season.

Have your say on new regulations that will affect Victoria's fines system

6 October 2017

We are seeking feedback on proposed new regulations that will apply from the commencement of the Fines Reform Act 2014, which will affect the fines system in Victoria.

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$1.5 million for programs to empower Koori young people

22 September 2017

More than $1.5 million in grants have been awarded to programs to empower and re-engage Koori young people to help prevent them from coming into contact with the criminal justice system.

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New board for Racing Victoria

22 September 2017

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of a reconstituted board for Racing Victoria.

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New website to help victims and witnesses navigate the criminal justice system

20 September 2017

The Office of Public Prosecutions has designed a new website to help victims and witnesses understand the Victorian criminal justice system and access support services if they need them.

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Victoria’s Child Witness Service helps kids who have experienced violent crimes

14 September 2017

The Department of Justice and Regulation’s Child Witness Service has marked a decade of providing support to young people who have been victims of or witnesses to violent crimes.

Showbags safe and ready for the show

30 August 2017

Inspectors from Consumer Affairs Victoria are undertaking a state-wide inspection program to make sure that the contents of showbags at Victoria's shows are safe for children.

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IGEM review into the Coolaroo fire

15 August 2017

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management will conduct a review of last month’s fire at a recycling plant in Coolaroo.

Grants now open for community legal centres

4 August 2017

Community legal centres across Victoria are encouraged to apply for a share of $7.1 million over two years from the Community Legal Centre Grant Funds Program.

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Review of process to make native title claims

3 August 2017

Barrister Tim Goodwin has been appointed to review part of the process Traditional Owner groups must undertake to negotiate a native title claim.

Department releases new corporate plan highlighting priorities for the next four years

31 July 2017

The Department of Justice and Regulation has released its 2017-21 Corporate Plan. Find out more about the work the department does.

What is your vision for Gippsland's future?

21 July 2017

The Gippsland Regional Partnership is a way for Gippslanders to let the Victorian Government know what they think really matters.

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Grants announced to tackle youth crime and illegal graffiti

13 July 2017

New grants announced to help local communities tackle youth crime, as part of the Youth Crime Prevention Grants, and stamp out illegal graffiti with the Graffiti Prevention Grants.

Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants now open

13 July 2017

Victorian councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $250,000 for development of public safety and security infrastructure to improve community safety and confidence in public places.

New gaming machine arrangements announced

7 July 2017

New gaming machine arrangements that will help limit gambling related harm and give certainty to pubs, clubs and hotels across Victoria have been announced.

Introducing the Judicial Commission - a new body to investigate judicial complaints

4 July 2017

The new commission will investigate concerns and complaints from Victorians regarding matters that occur in courts and VCAT.

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Changes ahead for Working with Children Checks

19 June 2017

From 1 August 2017, more Victorians will need a valid WWC Check to engage in child-related work, including volunteers at local schools, sporting clubs or other community organisations.

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Crime Statistics Agency releases latest statistics

16 June 2017

The Crime Statistics Agency has released its recorded crime statistics for Victoria for the year ending 31 March 2017.

Second round of Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability grants announced

1 June 2017

Grants worth more than $3.6 million have been awarded to a range of volunteer organisations that provide vital emergency services to the Victorian community.

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Brave Victorian kids celebrated as Triple Zero Heros

30 May 2017

Fifty-one brave young Victorians have been honoured today for their heroic and life-saving actions in the face of an emergency at the 13th annual Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards.

National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2017

26 May 2017

National Sorry Day (26 May) and National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) are a time to recognise our history and take the next steps towards reconciliation. Find out more.

Older Victorians encouraged to be Scam Savvy and protect themselves online

24 May 2017

Anyone can get caught by a scam, but being aware of how online scams work is an important part of protecting yourself.

Community Safety Fund grants now open

Apply for Community Safety fund grants

15 May 2017

Community groups and Victorian councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to deliver local crime prevention projects.

Law Week 2017 - Find out more about the law

10 May 2017

Law Week 2017, which runs from May 15-21, is a great opportunity for Victorians to find out more about law and the legal system.

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Victorian Budget 2017-18

2 May 2017

This years Victorian Budget includes funds for legal services, corrections, youth justice, emergency services and addressing family violence.

Stay safe on the roads this Easter holidays

11 April 2017

If you’re getting away this Easter, don’t forget to drive safely and take regular breaks. The SES’s Driver Reviver volunteers will be hosting stops at 45 locations across the state.

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Have your say on the Open Courts Act 2013

11 April 2017

A review of the Open Courts Act 2013 is seeking your opinion on how court proceedings balance people's privacy, fairness and the public's right to know. Have your say on Engage Victoria.

Community advisory group members sought for new youth justice centre

30 March 2017

The Victorian Government is seeking community members from Wyndham interested in participating in the Community Advisory Group for the new youth justice centre being built near Cherry Creek.

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Keeping Victorians safe on our roads

21 March 2017

The Towards Zero Road Safety Conference 2017 is dedicated to making Victorian roads safer for everyone.

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Crime Statistics Agency releases latest figures

16 March 2017

The Crime Statistics Agency has today released its recorded crime statistics for Victoria for the year ending 31 December 2016.

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Graffiti Grants – Applications Now Open

15 March 2017

Victorian Councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to partner with community groups to deliver local graffiti prevention initiatives.

Coronial Council Appeals Review open for submissions

9 March 2017

The Coronial Council of Victoria is conducting a review of the Coroners Act 2008 that allow for appeals and the re-opening of investigations. Submissions close 26 May 2017.

Neighbourhood Justice Centre marks 10 years

6 March 2017

Australia's only community justice centre has celebrated its 10th birthday in Collingwood.

New long-term residential leases

3 March 2017

Changes to Victoria’s renting laws will enable long-term residential leases to be established from next year.

Emergency volunteer grants announced

24 February 2017

Victorian emergency management volunteers across the state are receiving funds to do their crucial work through the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) Grants Program.

Bail Review

7 February 2017

Victorians will get the chance to have their say on the state’s bail system, with submissions to the Bail Review officially open.

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Click With Caution This Valentine’s Day

3 February 2017

As Valentine’s Day approaches, lonely hearts should be on high alert for scammers when looking for love online.

Thunderstorm Asthma Emergency Response

1 February 2017

The preliminary report from the Inspector-General for Emergency Management on the emergency response to the thunderstorm asthma event of November 2016 is now available.

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Have Your Say On Victoria’s Renting Laws

1 February 2017

Victorians are being asked to have their say on possible changes to the rules around renting properties, as part of an overhaul of the Residential Tenancies Act.

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Victoria's most popular baby names revealed

11 January 2017

Charlotte reigned as queen of baby names for girls in 2016, while Oliver took the crown as most popular boys’ name for the third year in a row, according to the Victorian Registry of Births,

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Sheriff issues warning on fake fines

19 December 2016

Deputy Sheriff Lyn Middling has issued a warning urging Victorians to be on the lookout for a new email scam masquerading as an infringement notice.

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Victoria's aircraft fleet launched

15 December 2016

The aircraft fleet for 2016-17 was launched at Avalon Airport and includes 48 specialist aircraft that are strategically positioned across the state to support firefighters on the ground.

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Dangerous Christmas gifts crushed

14 December 2016

More than 6,000 dangerous toys, sleepwear items and luggage straps will not be in Christmas stockings this year, after they were seized and crushed by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

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$3.4 million awarded to councils to deliver 19 public safety infrastructure projects

14 December 2016

Councils across Victoria will share in almost $3.4 million in Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants to strengthen crime prevention and make communities safer.

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New grants to tackle youth crime

7 December 2016

Not-for-profit community organisations and Victorian councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $200,000 to address youth offending.

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Prisoner and offender statistics now available

14 April 2016

End of month prisoner and offender numbers according to prison location and demographic characteristics are now available on the Corrections Victoria website.

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