Victoria’s plan to strengthen the criminal justice system

7 May 2021

Written by: Pam Kiriakidis

The plan aims to minimise corruption throughout Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will enhance Victoria’s criminal justice system with an implementation plan that involves significant investigation.

The government’s response to the final report of the Royal Commission was released today by Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes, which involves the Management of Police Informants and $87.9 million funding package.

Funding will help the plan’s recommendations, by including a Special Investigator, Implementation Monitor and speculation in the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC).

This plan aims to carry out the Royal Commission’s 54 recommendations, suggested by the government.

The search for a suitable candidate for the Special Investigator role has begun, and an appointment will be made in the middle of 2021 to address this.

This arrangement is also a response to the former report of the IBAC Committee’s inquiry which outlines the administration of the police corruption in Victoria.

To ensure that there is an accountable system of police, the government are conducting a review that will arrange stronger focus towards the complaints and victims of police misconduct.

Besides working closely with the police, the government will also work with integrity agencies, community legal centres and community groups to help with the review, assuring that the surveillance of the police is solid and transparent.

Attorney-General Symes will inform the Victorian Parliament annually on the recommendations until it has been finalised.

“The Commission made serious and significant findings – getting to the bottom of matters that go to the heart of our criminal justice system. We will act on each and every one of them,” he said.

“We’ve already made substantial progress, but there’s a long way to go. Our response and implementation plan sets us a clear pathway to deliver long-lasting systemic and cultural change.”

Photo: Courtroom gavel by Joe Gratz, available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. Image has not been modified.