Member for Northern Victoria, Tania Maxwell MP is encouraging members of the public to make submissions to the Legal & Social Issues Committee ‘Inquiry into Management of Child Sex Offender Information’.

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) successfully passed a motion in Parliament last year to refer the Public Register to the Legal and Social Issues Committee for consideration. The motion was formally moved by Stuart Grimley as Victorian State Leader.

Ms Maxwell says that Western Australia has a partially-public Sex Offenders Register, which works efficiently and should be replicated in Victoria.

Ms Maxwell says that the purpose of the Inquiry is to establish how Victoria can or should:

  1. a) store data and information regarding convicted child sex offenders;
    b) prevent sexual offences from occurring through improved public awareness;
    c) investigate the circumstances in which the details of convicted child sex offences can be made public.

The Inquiry was due to report by June 2020, however due to COVID19 the report date has been extended to 30 August 2021.

Submissions to the Inquiry can be made at https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/publications/fact-sheets/981-lsic-lc/inquiry-into-management-of-child-sex-offender-information

Quotes by Tania Maxwell MP

“Anonymity for perpetrators of sexual offences not only increases the risk of such offending, but it enables it to continue.”

“Recidivist child sex offenders cannot continue to reside in the community to the detriment of the safety of our children.”

“I encourage members of the public to make submissions to the Inquiry as we take one more step towards making a Public Sex Offender Register a reality.”