The report, which was tabled on 20 September 2018, represents a productive year for the department.

Highlights include:

  • working together with Aboriginal Justice Caucus members and other members of the Aboriginal Justice Forum on the fourth phase of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement to tackle over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system
  • partnering with Victoria Police to implement key police and crime prevention initiatives outlined in the inaugural Community Safety Statement 2017;
  • launching the Community Safety Statement 2018/19
  • continuing to respond to growth in the adult corrections system with the opening of Ravenhall Correctional Centre and planning for 470 additional beds and a new 700-bed maximum security men’s prison
  • reforming the corrections system with the continued implementation of all 35 recommendations from the Harper Review, including the establishment of the Post-Sentence Authority
  • continuing to invest in youth justice staff recruitment and training as well as infrastructure at Parkville, Malmsbury, and the new youth justice facility at Cherry Creek
  • implementing criminal justice reform including 22 recommendations from the Bail Review to make it harder for people to get bail for a much broader range of serious violent and serious sexual offences
  • undertaking significant work across the civil justice system, including in relation to traditional owner settlements, implementing recommendations arising from the Access to Justice Review, delivering effective dispute resolution services and continuing to improve the performance of the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • continuing the implementation of 111 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence in partnership with Courts, Victoria Police and justice agencies, to strengthen the way the justice system responds to victims and perpetrators of family violence
  • leading the preparation of the Victorian Government’s response to the Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
  • continuing to support the Victorian community through ongoing delivery of vital services delivered by the department and its agencies.

These achievements, and many others, would not be possible without the hard work and dedication throughout the year of the department's 9,000 staff and more than 100,000 volunteers.

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