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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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Speakers announced for the 2018 Crime Prevention and Communities conference

5 April 2018

In June, we're co-hosting the Crime Prevention and Communities conference featuring sessions on youth crime, community partnerships, crime prevention using environmental design, and more.

Victims of Crime Consultative Committee seeks representatives

9 March 2018

We are seeking expressions of interest from people who have been personally impacted by serious crime and want to help improve the justice system for all victims.

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Post Sentence Authority now in operation

28 February 2018

The new statutory authority charged with overseeing many of Victoria’s most serious criminals has officially started work.

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Meet Coop - She's here to help

19 January 2018

Support dogs are providing comfort to victims of crime and vulnerable witnesses giving evidence in court, under a pilot program being extended by the Office of Public Prosecutions into 2018.

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Most popular baby names in 2017? Charlotte and Oliver

12 January 2018

Oliver and Charlotte still reign supreme as Victoria’s best loved baby names according to figures released today by the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

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Introducing Fines Victoria - a new way for Victorians to deal with fines

29 December 2017

It will be easier and simpler for Victorians to deal with their fines in one place under the Fines Reform Act which commences Sunday, 31 December.

Latest statistics released by Crime Statistics Agency

15 December 2017

Learn more about the latest crime statistics and trends on the Crime Statistics Agency website.

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.

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The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.