The Corrections Act 1986 (Corrections Act) provides the legislative basis for the delivery of correctional services by Corrections Victoria. While the Corrections Act sets out most of the framework for how correctional services are regulated, the Corrections Regulations 2009 (Current Regulations) prescribe key matters under the Corrections Act that enable the effective operation of the framework.

In Victoria, regulations automatically expire after 10 years. This process is referred to as ‘sunsetting’. The process provides an opportunity to revisit existing regulations and examine whether they are still required, and if so, whether there are ways to improve them.

The Current Regulations are due to sunset on 28 April 2019. A new set of regulations are required to replace them.

An exposure draft of the proposed Regulations has now been released. The proposed Regulations are substantially a rewrite of the Current Regulations, with technical changes and language updates that enhances the transparency and accountability of the Regulations. A Discussion Paper has also been published to explain the specific policy changes included in the proposed Regulations.

Written submissions from the public are invited on the Proposed Regulations in response to the information provided in the Discussion Paper. Submissions will be evaluated and will inform the further development of the Proposed Regulations.

Unless otherwise requested in the submission, all submissions will be treated as public documents and may be published on Engage Victoria at the end of the consultation period. Please note that personal information regarding third parties will not be published.

If you would like to provide additional information or updates to your written submission, please contact the project team correctionsregulations@justice.vic.gov.au

The closing date for submissions is 13 March 2019.

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