The report, which was tabled 27 October 2016, represents a productive year for the department.
This year's highlights include:
- working to support the implementation of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence
- implementing reforms in offender management, following the independent investigation into the Metropolitan Remand Centre Riot and the Harper Review into the management of serious sex offenders
- expanding the Community Correctional Services workforce and offices to manage offenders at more than 50 locations
- supporting the recruitment of 200 police custody officers to provide custodial duties in police cells to free up frontline police
- processing 233,000 Working with Children Check applications, providing 34,421 services to victims of crime, supporting 447,934 residential tenancy bond transactions, and delivering 23,038 dispute resolution services through the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria
- delivering YourPlay, the voluntary pre-commitment scheme to enable players of electronic gaming machines to set time and loss limits on their play
- addressing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system, through implementing programs aimed at increasing the resilience of Aboriginal youth, and continued support of the Koori Women’s Diversion Program
- launch of a new Koori Court in Geelong, the eleventh adult Koori Court in Victoria
- preparing 33 of the 85 Bills that were passed by the Parliament in 2015-16 including law reform to improve protections and remove discrimination against the LGBTI community, and to remove limitation periods for civil actions founded on child abuse
- delivery of a scheme for the expungement of historical convictions for homosexual activity
- establishing the Judicial Commission to investigate complaints about judicial officers and contribute to the broader integrity framework
- delivering the Access to Justice Review, examining the provision of justice and legal assistance services in the face of increasing demand, and the review of the Human Rights and Responsibilities Charter Act 2006, which made recommendations to strengthen human rights culture and make the Charter more accessible, effective and practical.
These achievements, and the many other accomplishments throughout the year, have been made possible through the dedicated effort of more than 6500 departmental staff and more than 100,000 volunteers who support our work.