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Community Safety The Priority In Bail System Overhaul

The Andrews Labor Government will make it harder than ever for serious offenders to get bail in Victoria and community safety will be given a much higher priority in a complete overhaul of the state's bail system. Under the reforms, there will be a presumption against bail for serious violent offences and sexual offences, police will be given more powers to remand accused people, and bail justices will no longer consider the most serious offences. The major reforms form part of the Labor Government’s response to the Bail Review conducted by former Director of Public Prosecutions and Supreme Court Justice, Mr Paul Coghlan QC, following the Bourke Street tragedy on 20 January 2017. While the review found that the current bail system is already arguably "the most onerous in Australia", it made further recommendations to strengthen the system. The review made 37 recommendations in total. The Government will implement, or go beyond, each of the recommendations in the first report, and conduct further consultation on the longer-term recommendations outlined in the second report. The Government will amend the Bail Act 1977so that decision makers, including magistrates and judges, will be required to place a higher priority on community safety when making bail decisions. Under the changes, bail will be refused for a number of new offences including aggravated home invasion and aggravated carjacking, unless there are exceptional circumstances. This brings these offences into line with murder and terrorism. There will also be a presumption against bail for many more offences, including: rape kidnapping armed robbery intentionally or recklessly causing serious injury with gross violence culpable driving causing death dangerous driving causing death or serious injury dangerous or negligent driving while pursued by police persistent contravention of a family violence intervention order People who commit serious indictable offences while on bail, summons, parole, under sentence or at large, will not be granted bail again unless they can prove there are exceptional circumstances. Importantly, only judges and magistrates will be able to make bail decisions for those matters. The Government will also ensure that courts prioritise community safety in the imposition of conditions when bail is granted. These reforms will be implemented in the first stage of the process, with a Bill to be introduced to Parliament by the end of May. A second wave of reforms will be introduced in a Bill later this year and will cover more complex matters, including giving police more powers to remand accused people. The reforms will clarify the interactions of the legal tests – the ‘unacceptable risk’ and ‘reverse onus’ tests – which apply when determining whether an accused person should be granted bail. The recommendations will be implemented progressively, as many are complex and will have significant planning considerations for the courts, Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria. Mr Coghlan found that in recent years there has been a significant growth in the number of people who have been refused bail, resulting in a substantial increase in the number of people being held on remand. In his second report, Mr Coghlan recommends the establishment of a new Bail & Remand Court, building on the current weekend and night court models. The Government will work with relevant agencies to examine this proposal in detail. In addition to these proposed reforms, the Government has already made significant investments consistent with Mr Coghlan’s recommendations. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the Government is delivering $25.2 million to continue and expand the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) and the CISP Remand Outreach Pilot. The programs ensure increased monitoring, treatment and supervision of persons on bail and remand, and target the underlying causes of offending and help reduce the rate of recidivism. The Bail Review received 115 submissions and involved 39 consultation sessions with 34 different stakeholder groups. For volumes one and two of the Bail Review, and the Government’s response, visitengage.vic.gov.au/bailreview Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews "These changes mean that it will be harder than ever before for a person in Victoria to get bail if they are accused of committing a serious violent crime." "The courts must also ensure community safety is given a much higher priority when considering bail applications." Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula "Justice Coghlan rightly says that our bail system is arguably the most onerous in Australia. Our reforms will make it even stronger. “We’re overhauling our bail system to ensure that it’s harder for people accused of serious and violent crimes to get bail.” “I thank Mr Coghlan and the Bail Review team for all their hard work and expert advice.”

Community Safety The Priority In Bail System Overhaul

The Andrews Labor Government will make it harder than ever for serious offenders to get bail in Victoria and community safety will be given a much higher priority in a complete overhaul of the state's bail system. Under the reforms, there will be a presumption against bail for serious violent offences and sexual offences, police will be given more powers to remand accused people, and bail justices will no longer consider the most serious offences. The major reforms form part of the Labor Government’s response to the Bail Review conducted by former Director of Public Prosecutions and Supreme Court Justice, Mr Paul Coghlan QC, following the Bourke Street tragedy on 20 January 2017. While the review found that the current bail system is already arguably "the most onerous in Australia", it made further recommendations to strengthen the system. The review made 37 recommendations in total. The Government will implement, or go beyond, each of the recommendations in the first report, and conduct further consultation on the longer-term recommendations outlined in the second report. The Government will amend the Bail Act 1977so that decision makers, including magistrates and judges, will be required to place a higher priority on community safety when making bail decisions. Under the changes, bail will be refused for a number of new offences including aggravated home invasion and aggravated carjacking, unless there are exceptional circumstances. This brings these offences into line with murder and terrorism. There will also be a presumption against bail for many more offences, including: rape kidnapping armed robbery intentionally or recklessly causing serious injury with gross violence culpable driving causing death dangerous driving causing death or serious injury dangerous or negligent driving while pursued by police persistent contravention of a family violence intervention order People who commit serious indictable offences while on bail, summons, parole, under sentence or at large, will not be granted bail again unless they can prove there are exceptional circumstances. Importantly, only judges and magistrates will be able to make bail decisions for those matters. The Government will also ensure that courts prioritise community safety in the imposition of conditions when bail is granted. These reforms will be implemented in the first stage of the process, with a Bill to be introduced to Parliament by the end of May. A second wave of reforms will be introduced in a Bill later this year and will cover more complex matters, including giving police more powers to remand accused people. The reforms will clarify the interactions of the legal tests – the ‘unacceptable risk’ and ‘reverse onus’ tests – which apply when determining whether an accused person should be granted bail. The recommendations will be implemented progressively, as many are complex and will have significant planning considerations for the courts, Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria. Mr Coghlan found that in recent years there has been a significant growth in the number of people who have been refused bail, resulting in a substantial increase in the number of people being held on remand. In his second report, Mr Coghlan recommends the establishment of a new Bail & Remand Court, building on the current weekend and night court models. The Government will work with relevant agencies to examine this proposal in detail. In addition to these proposed reforms, the Government has already made significant investments consistent with Mr Coghlan’s recommendations. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the Government is delivering $25.2 million to continue and expand the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) and the CISP Remand Outreach Pilot. The programs ensure increased monitoring, treatment and supervision of persons on bail and remand, and target the underlying causes of offending and help reduce the rate of recidivism. The Bail Review received 115 submissions and involved 39 consultation sessions with 34 different stakeholder groups. For volumes one and two of the Bail Review, and the Government’s response, visitengage.vic.gov.au/bailreview Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews "These changes mean that it will be harder than ever before for a person in Victoria to get bail if they are accused of committing a serious violent crime." "The courts must also ensure community safety is given a much higher priority when considering bail applications." Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula "Justice Coghlan rightly says that our bail system is arguably the most onerous in Australia. Our reforms will make it even stronger. “We’re overhauling our bail system to ensure that it’s harder for people accused of serious and violent crimes to get bail.” “I thank Mr Coghlan and the Bail Review team for all their hard work and expert advice.”

A Further Boost For Workers And Industries In Transition

Victorian workers, manufacturers and industries in transition will receive more support to create jobs and secure a brighter future thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Visiting Nissan Casting Australia in Dandenong South today, Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams spoke to workers about a $15 million cash boost in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support key industry transition and manufacturing programs. The Budget includes: $10 million for the Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) – on top of the $33 million previously funded $5 million to boost the Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP), building on the $13 million announced last year. These programs are creating new jobs and opportunities for workers, businesses and communities affected by changes in the manufacturing sector – including the closure of local car manufacturing. Nissan Casting – a manufacturer of automotive componentry – received support from FIMP to create 14 new jobs and transition 27 roles. The grant will help the company purchase and install new equipment. It will also assist Nissan Casting in developing the next generation Electric Vehicle powertrain inverter components and water jacket assembly for export. That project is expected to generate an additional $39 million in export revenue over four years. To date, FIMP has supported 25 projects from Victorian based manufacturers that are expected to create 231 new full time jobs. The LIFT program has supported 28 projects that are expected to create 591 jobs – including 482 roles suitable for former automotive workers. More information about industry transition programs and how to apply – visit www.business.vic.gov.au or call 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “We are seeing real jobs and real results from our industry transition and manufacturing programs, and I’m thrilled we were able to provide additional support in the Budget.” “The future for manufacturing in Victoria is bright – and we’ll continue to do everything we can to support new jobs and new opportunities.”

A Further Boost For Workers And Industries In Transition

Victorian workers, manufacturers and industries in transition will receive more support to create jobs and secure a brighter future thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Visiting Nissan Casting Australia in Dandenong South today, Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams spoke to workers about a $15 million cash boost in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support key industry transition and manufacturing programs. The Budget includes: $10 million for the Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) – on top of the $33 million previously funded $5 million to boost the Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP), building on the $13 million announced last year. These programs are creating new jobs and opportunities for workers, businesses and communities affected by changes in the manufacturing sector – including the closure of local car manufacturing. Nissan Casting – a manufacturer of automotive componentry – received support from FIMP to create 14 new jobs and transition 27 roles. The grant will help the company purchase and install new equipment. It will also assist Nissan Casting in developing the next generation Electric Vehicle powertrain inverter components and water jacket assembly for export. That project is expected to generate an additional $39 million in export revenue over four years. To date, FIMP has supported 25 projects from Victorian based manufacturers that are expected to create 231 new full time jobs. The LIFT program has supported 28 projects that are expected to create 591 jobs – including 482 roles suitable for former automotive workers. More information about industry transition programs and how to apply – visit www.business.vic.gov.au or call 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “We are seeing real jobs and real results from our industry transition and manufacturing programs, and I’m thrilled we were able to provide additional support in the Budget.” “The future for manufacturing in Victoria is bright – and we’ll continue to do everything we can to support new jobs and new opportunities.”

New Family Safety Agency To Keep Us On Track

A new agency, Family Safety Victoria, will drive and deliver the Andrew Labor Government’s unprecedented action to end family violence. As part of a $1.91 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, $60 million will fund the establishment of Family Safety Victoria, the state’s first-ever agency solely dedicated to delivering family violence reform. From 1 July, Family Safety Victoria will lead the implementation of new initiatives, including establishing the Central Information Point, which will allow police, courts and government services to track perpetrators and keep victims safe. The agency will also be responsible for establishing the Centre for Workforce Excellence and 17 Support and Safety Hubs across the state, to give victims the support they need to recover. The details of Family Safety Victoria and how the Labor Government will deliver $1.91 billion of investment is contained in the Family Violence Rolling Action Plan, released today. The Plan details the next steps in the Labor Government’s 10 Year Agenda to implement every recommendation from Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence. The $1.91 billion package in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes: $448.1 million to establish 17 Support and Safety Hubs across the state $270.8 million for after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for tens of thousands of women and their children $269.4 million to implement five Specialist Family Violence Courts across the state and make the system more responsive to victims’ needs $133.2 million will go towards extra long-term housing, more rental assistance, improved crisis accommodation and better support for people fleeing family violence Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Together, we’ll make sure victims have a safe place to go, and that perpetrators are held to account.” “Now we've delivered our Budget and an action plan, we're getting on with the job."' Quotes attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings “We’ve set ourselves a mammoth task. This new agency will help make it a reality.” “We promised we’d spare nothing when it came to putting an end to family violence – we’re keeping that promise.”

New Family Safety Agency To Keep Us On Track

A new agency, Family Safety Victoria, will drive and deliver the Andrew Labor Government’s unprecedented action to end family violence. As part of a $1.91 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, $60 million will fund the establishment of Family Safety Victoria, the state’s first-ever agency solely dedicated to delivering family violence reform. From 1 July, Family Safety Victoria will lead the implementation of new initiatives, including establishing the Central Information Point, which will allow police, courts and government services to track perpetrators and keep victims safe. The agency will also be responsible for establishing the Centre for Workforce Excellence and 17 Support and Safety Hubs across the state, to give victims the support they need to recover. The details of Family Safety Victoria and how the Labor Government will deliver $1.91 billion of investment is contained in the Family Violence Rolling Action Plan, released today. The Plan details the next steps in the Labor Government’s 10 Year Agenda to implement every recommendation from Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence. The $1.91 billion package in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes: $448.1 million to establish 17 Support and Safety Hubs across the state $270.8 million for after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for tens of thousands of women and their children $269.4 million to implement five Specialist Family Violence Courts across the state and make the system more responsive to victims’ needs $133.2 million will go towards extra long-term housing, more rental assistance, improved crisis accommodation and better support for people fleeing family violence Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Together, we’ll make sure victims have a safe place to go, and that perpetrators are held to account.” “Now we've delivered our Budget and an action plan, we're getting on with the job."' Quotes attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings “We’ve set ourselves a mammoth task. This new agency will help make it a reality.” “We promised we’d spare nothing when it came to putting an end to family violence – we’re keeping that promise.”

BACKING OUR SES VOLUNTEERS IN CRANBOURNE

The Cranbourne community will have its very own State Emergency Service (SES) unit, with the construction of new local headquarters. Delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, $2 million will go towards the construction of a new Cranbourne SES unit in the Casey region. Local volunteers are currently working out of the Narre Warren depot, which is up to 30 minutes away from the southern parts of the City of Casey. Delivered by the Andrews Labor Government, the new Cranbourne unit will mean volunteers are closer to the action and able to get to an emergency sooner. Planning work can start straight away, with the SES, the City of the Casey and local unit members having already identified a potential location. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “A local unit in Cranbourne is a great outcome for this community, and ensures that its hardworking SES volunteers are close by in an emergency.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera "As our community grew, it became very clear that we needed our own depot. With a lot of support from local SES members and the community, I'm proud to say we've delivered." "It's only right that we give back to the men and women who give so much to this community."

BACKING OUR SES VOLUNTEERS IN CRANBOURNE

The Cranbourne community will have its very own State Emergency Service (SES) unit, with the construction of new local headquarters. Delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, $2 million will go towards the construction of a new Cranbourne SES unit in the Casey region. Local volunteers are currently working out of the Narre Warren depot, which is up to 30 minutes away from the southern parts of the City of Casey. Delivered by the Andrews Labor Government, the new Cranbourne unit will mean volunteers are closer to the action and able to get to an emergency sooner. Planning work can start straight away, with the SES, the City of the Casey and local unit members having already identified a potential location. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “A local unit in Cranbourne is a great outcome for this community, and ensures that its hardworking SES volunteers are close by in an emergency.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera "As our community grew, it became very clear that we needed our own depot. With a lot of support from local SES members and the community, I'm proud to say we've delivered." "It's only right that we give back to the men and women who give so much to this community."

 

Keeping Women And Children Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping keep women and children safe from family violence in their own homes through the state-wide expansion of the Personal Safety Initiative. Personal safety responses and technology - CCTV, personal alarms, locks and security doors - will be funded and accessed through a $17 million boost to the Flexible Support Packages program. The expansion of the Personal Safety Initiative follows a trial in inner and outer eastern Melbourne, as well as Gippsland, exploring the uses of technology and security responses. The pilot is due to be completed by the middle of the year, however early findings have helped the Government understand how personal safety responses and technology can be used to keep victims of family violence safe. The trial – due to be completed by the middle of the year - is already helping at-risk women. For example, a woman who had been forced to move twice in the last three years because the perpetrator was constantly breaching an intervention order had CCTV cameras, security lighting and a security door installed at her home. This allowed her to stay in her community, where she had established support networks, and has seen no further breaches of the intervention order. This expansion is being supported by the Federal Government, who are contributing $2.6 million for 17 Personal Safety Coordinators to ensure personal safety technology is used consistently and effectively as part of a broader plan for the safety and wellbeing of women and children. The Government is implementing all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. As part of its 10-year plan to end family violence, the Government released Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change last year. The plan includes investing in social housing, recruiting specialist family violence workers to support women and children to access services they need to get back on their feet, as well as the establishment of a network of Support and Safety Hubs across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “The trial to keep women safe in their homes is working, so we’re expanding it.” “This vital initiative will save lives across Victoria and is part of Labor’s 10-year plan to end family violence.” Quotes attributable to CEO Domestic Violence Victoria Fiona McCormack “Women and children who leave the family home because of family violence are often at high risk of becoming homeless. This initiative is an important part of keeping women and their children safe within their own homes.” “The Personal Safety Initiative will enable women to re-establish independence and stability and help children remain in their schools and in their communities.”

Keeping Women And Children Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping keep women and children safe from family violence in their own homes through the state-wide expansion of the Personal Safety Initiative. Personal safety responses and technology - CCTV, personal alarms, locks and security doors - will be funded and accessed through a $17 million boost to the Flexible Support Packages program. The expansion of the Personal Safety Initiative follows a trial in inner and outer eastern Melbourne, as well as Gippsland, exploring the uses of technology and security responses. The pilot is due to be completed by the middle of the year, however early findings have helped the Government understand how personal safety responses and technology can be used to keep victims of family violence safe. The trial – due to be completed by the middle of the year - is already helping at-risk women. For example, a woman who had been forced to move twice in the last three years because the perpetrator was constantly breaching an intervention order had CCTV cameras, security lighting and a security door installed at her home. This allowed her to stay in her community, where she had established support networks, and has seen no further breaches of the intervention order. This expansion is being supported by the Federal Government, who are contributing $2.6 million for 17 Personal Safety Coordinators to ensure personal safety technology is used consistently and effectively as part of a broader plan for the safety and wellbeing of women and children. The Government is implementing all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. As part of its 10-year plan to end family violence, the Government released Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change last year. The plan includes investing in social housing, recruiting specialist family violence workers to support women and children to access services they need to get back on their feet, as well as the establishment of a network of Support and Safety Hubs across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “The trial to keep women safe in their homes is working, so we’re expanding it.” “This vital initiative will save lives across Victoria and is part of Labor’s 10-year plan to end family violence.” Quotes attributable to CEO Domestic Violence Victoria Fiona McCormack “Women and children who leave the family home because of family violence are often at high risk of becoming homeless. This initiative is an important part of keeping women and their children safe within their own homes.” “The Personal Safety Initiative will enable women to re-establish independence and stability and help children remain in their schools and in their communities.”

Funds To Ensure Young People Can Party Safely

The Andrews Labor Government will extend a successful harm minimisation outreach program that will give 1800 young people the tools to party safely. The innovative Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (Party) program graphically demonstrates the impact of alcohol and drug abuse. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley visited the Alfred Hospital today to announce the Labor Government will extend the program through to 2019. With 7000 ambulance callouts a year to young people aged 15-24 for alcohol or drug issues, Party introduces secondary students aged 15-19 to the consequences of risky behaviour – including alcohol and drug use. It is delivered by the Alfred and Royal Melbourne Hospitals to students across Victoria, with students able to review real-life clinical scenarios, and see an emergency room, a burns and trauma unit, an Intensive Care Unit and a family bereavement room. Young people also meet a trauma survivor who discusses the impact of risky behaviour on their lives, and discusses options with the students. The program is delivered at the hospitals, or through an Outreach program to locations around Victoria – it covers the trauma, injury and health consequences of risky behaviour. Since the Party program began in 2009 around 8700 people from 263 schools across Victoria have taken part. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “Expanding the Party programs equips more young people with the tools to stay safe and look out for their mates.” “It’s about giving young people a real look at the dangers – which enables them to smart choices, taking the pressure off our ambos and hospitals.” “Over the last two years we have increased our funding for harm minimisation – and we will continue to support local solutions to intervene early, education and treat Victorians in need.”

Funds To Ensure Young People Can Party Safely

The Andrews Labor Government will extend a successful harm minimisation outreach program that will give 1800 young people the tools to party safely. The innovative Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (Party) program graphically demonstrates the impact of alcohol and drug abuse. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley visited the Alfred Hospital today to announce the Labor Government will extend the program through to 2019. With 7000 ambulance callouts a year to young people aged 15-24 for alcohol or drug issues, Party introduces secondary students aged 15-19 to the consequences of risky behaviour – including alcohol and drug use. It is delivered by the Alfred and Royal Melbourne Hospitals to students across Victoria, with students able to review real-life clinical scenarios, and see an emergency room, a burns and trauma unit, an Intensive Care Unit and a family bereavement room. Young people also meet a trauma survivor who discusses the impact of risky behaviour on their lives, and discusses options with the students. The program is delivered at the hospitals, or through an Outreach program to locations around Victoria – it covers the trauma, injury and health consequences of risky behaviour. Since the Party program began in 2009 around 8700 people from 263 schools across Victoria have taken part. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “Expanding the Party programs equips more young people with the tools to stay safe and look out for their mates.” “It’s about giving young people a real look at the dangers – which enables them to smart choices, taking the pressure off our ambos and hospitals.” “Over the last two years we have increased our funding for harm minimisation – and we will continue to support local solutions to intervene early, education and treat Victorians in need.”

300 NEW FRONTLINE POLICE TO HIT THE BEAT INCLUDING THE SOUTH-EAST NEXT MONTH

From next month, local communities will begin to see the first 300 frontline police officers on their streets. These are the first of the 3,135 police the Andrews Labor Government is delivering over five years to make communities safer and drive down crime. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP today welcomed the announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton that the south east will be receiving an allocation of Victoria’s 300 new frontline police funded in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget. 50 new police officers will be deployed in the south-eastern suburbs including the Casey and Dandenong areas. More specifically, the Casey Police Service Area will be receiving 30 new police. The boost of 300 new police officers, which are on top of regular attrition recruiting, will give a stronger and more visible police presence on the street, staff more proactive patrols, and deliver more resources to stop crime from happening in the first place. These additional 300 police officers also builds on the 106 new police already allocated to deal with gang related crime and public order issues, as well as increasing special response and monitoring capability. Since coming into government, more than 700 full time police positions have been allocated across the force. The allocation of frontline police officers was according to a new Staff Allocation Model, which takes the politics out of the distribution of police resources, with Victoria Police identifying the areas that have the greatest need. This new approach to police recruitment also ends the historic ‘boom and bust’ cycle of investment in police resources that has seen police numbers previously fluctuate according to changing priorities, rather than ensuring sustainable growth over time. Another 2,729 new police will be recruited and trained over the next four years as part of the government’s Community Safety Statement, released in December 2016. The Labor Government’s historic investment to drive down crime across Victoria  includes new vehicles for the Public Order Response Team, new booze buses, and tough new laws to crack down on drug dealers, drive by shootings, car jackings and home invasions. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP: “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to supporting our community’s police with the resources and powers they need to continue the good work they do." “These additional police allocated to the south-east will have a real impact, as they work to prevent, detect and disrupt crime.”  “The new police will be warmly welcomed by south-east and I want to thank all of our police who work had every day to keep us safe.”

300 NEW FRONTLINE POLICE TO HIT THE BEAT INCLUDING THE SOUTH-EAST NEXT MONTH

From next month, local communities will begin to see the first 300 frontline police officers on their streets. These are the first of the 3,135 police the Andrews Labor Government is delivering over five years to make communities safer and drive down crime. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP today welcomed the announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton that the south east will be receiving an allocation of Victoria’s 300 new frontline police funded in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget. 50 new police officers will be deployed in the south-eastern suburbs including the Casey and Dandenong areas. More specifically, the Casey Police Service Area will be receiving 30 new police. The boost of 300 new police officers, which are on top of regular attrition recruiting, will give a stronger and more visible police presence on the street, staff more proactive patrols, and deliver more resources to stop crime from happening in the first place. These additional 300 police officers also builds on the 106 new police already allocated to deal with gang related crime and public order issues, as well as increasing special response and monitoring capability. Since coming into government, more than 700 full time police positions have been allocated across the force. The allocation of frontline police officers was according to a new Staff Allocation Model, which takes the politics out of the distribution of police resources, with Victoria Police identifying the areas that have the greatest need. This new approach to police recruitment also ends the historic ‘boom and bust’ cycle of investment in police resources that has seen police numbers previously fluctuate according to changing priorities, rather than ensuring sustainable growth over time. Another 2,729 new police will be recruited and trained over the next four years as part of the government’s Community Safety Statement, released in December 2016. The Labor Government’s historic investment to drive down crime across Victoria  includes new vehicles for the Public Order Response Team, new booze buses, and tough new laws to crack down on drug dealers, drive by shootings, car jackings and home invasions. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP: “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to supporting our community’s police with the resources and powers they need to continue the good work they do." “These additional police allocated to the south-east will have a real impact, as they work to prevent, detect and disrupt crime.”  “The new police will be warmly welcomed by south-east and I want to thank all of our police who work had every day to keep us safe.”

Understanding Reoffending To Improve Community Safety

An expert consortium conducting world-leading research into serious violent and sexual offending has been set up in Melbourne, thanks to $1.6 million from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney today officially opened the Catalyst Consortium at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn. Forensic psychologists Professor James Ogloff AM, Director of the centre, and Professor Michael Daffern will oversee a network of researchers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Catalyst has a number of aims including to improve our understanding of what causes repeat violent and sexual offending, to help authorities better manage offenders and to increase community safety. The consortium will also look at forensic mental health and how we can better support people with mental illness in the justice system. The consortium is part of the Labor Government’s response to the Harper Review, commissioned after the tragic death of 17-year-old Masa Vukotic. The government has taken significant action over the last two years to provide stronger oversight and management of serious offenders. The range of offences that can be used to breach a serious sex offender on a supervision order has been widened to include acts of violence. In the past, they could only be breached if they had committed a sexual offence. The post-sentence scheme is being expanded to include serious violent offenders. The Labor Government has also announced $43.9 million from the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to expand Thomas Embling Hospital and the state’s forensic mental health capacity. Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney “We’re investing record amounts in our corrections system to keep the community safe.” “By learning more about what causes repeat violent and sexual offending, we’ll be in a better position to reduce reoffending to improve community safety.” “Victoria is a world leader in the management of serious sex offenders and this global research hub will ensure we remain at the forefront of keeping our community safe."

Understanding Reoffending To Improve Community Safety

An expert consortium conducting world-leading research into serious violent and sexual offending has been set up in Melbourne, thanks to $1.6 million from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney today officially opened the Catalyst Consortium at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn. Forensic psychologists Professor James Ogloff AM, Director of the centre, and Professor Michael Daffern will oversee a network of researchers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Catalyst has a number of aims including to improve our understanding of what causes repeat violent and sexual offending, to help authorities better manage offenders and to increase community safety. The consortium will also look at forensic mental health and how we can better support people with mental illness in the justice system. The consortium is part of the Labor Government’s response to the Harper Review, commissioned after the tragic death of 17-year-old Masa Vukotic. The government has taken significant action over the last two years to provide stronger oversight and management of serious offenders. The range of offences that can be used to breach a serious sex offender on a supervision order has been widened to include acts of violence. In the past, they could only be breached if they had committed a sexual offence. The post-sentence scheme is being expanded to include serious violent offenders. The Labor Government has also announced $43.9 million from the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to expand Thomas Embling Hospital and the state’s forensic mental health capacity. Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney “We’re investing record amounts in our corrections system to keep the community safe.” “By learning more about what causes repeat violent and sexual offending, we’ll be in a better position to reduce reoffending to improve community safety.” “Victoria is a world leader in the management of serious sex offenders and this global research hub will ensure we remain at the forefront of keeping our community safe."