If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000).

Or if it is safe to do so, for help and support contact:

1800RESPECT
Confidential information, counselling and support. Open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. Phone: 1800 737 732

Written submissions were open for lodgement between 14 December and 29 January 2021. Throughout February we are continuing to meet with sexual offence victim-survivors, family members of deceased victims and other key stakeholders.

Please direct any queries to consultation@justice.vic.gov.au.

Overview

It is a crime to publish any details likely to identify a victim-survivor of a sexual offence. This law has been in place since 1991. It is intended to protect victim-survivors’ privacy and encourage reporting and prosecution of sexual offending.

The 2020 Victorian Law Reform Commission Contempt of Court Report made recommendations for reforming the publication prohibition in the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958 (JPRA) on identifying victim-survivors of sexual offences.

In November 2020, following extensive stakeholder consultations, amendments to the JPRA made it easier for victim-survivors of sexual offences to lawfully self-publish or authorise others to tell their stories without court involvement.

You can read more about the November 2020 reforms on the Department of Justice and Community Safety website.

The November 2020 amendments also made interim reforms to the law on the identification of deceased victims.

The Government acknowledged that more substantial reforms are needed to the laws relating to deceased victims due to the complexities and sensitivities of the issue, and emphasised the need for these reforms to be developed in close collaboration with sexual offence victim-survivors, family members of deceased victims and other key stakeholders.

Document Library

This paper discusses some key issues that will be relevant to developing further changes to the Act in relation to deceased victims.
Consultation paper - Identification of deceased sexual offence victims - further reforms to JPRA
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Privacy collection notice

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is committed to protecting your privacy.

Your submission will be considered by DJCS in providing advice to the Attorney-General on how the law should treat the publication of details which may identify a deceased sexual offence victim.

You are not required to provide any personal information in order to make a submission to this consultation.

If you provide your contact details DJCS may use it to seek clarification on your submission, or to notify you about the progress of these reforms.

If you choose to make your submission by email, we may be able to identify you from your email address. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can post your submission to DJCS. Please address written submissions to: JPRA Reforms, Department of Justice and Community Safety, GPO Box 4356, Melbourne VIC 3001.

Information will be held by DJCS and only used for the purpose of this consultation. DJCS will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. You may contact DJCS to request access to any personal information you have provided to us by emailing consultation@justice.vic.gov.au.

Following this consultation, a summary of submissions may be made public. All submissions will be deidentified.

For further information on how your personal information is handled please review the privacy policy of DJCS.