The review of the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 (the Act) is taking place to meet the Act’s statutory review requirement and address the Act’s expiry on 1 December 2021.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Victorian community in 2020 the review is being completed in two stages.

To meet the requirements of section 38 of the Act, a statutory review of the Act was conducted in 2020 (Stage One). The Stage One Report was tabled before both houses of Parliament by the then Attorney-General on 10 December 2020.

This review (Stage Two) will address the Act’s expiry on 1 December 2021. The terms of reference for the second stage of the review are to consider the operation of the Act in terms of its:

  • ongoing need: determine whether the Act’s 1 December 2021 expiry should be retained, repealed or extended
  • fairness and proportionality: assess whether the system of safeguards designed to ensure the proper exercise of powers set out in the Act is appropriate
  • effectiveness: review any other relevant issues that arise in relation to the operation of the Act, including the issues raised in the Stage One Report.

How to participate

The Review invites written submissions on the topics and themes raised in this issues paper. Questions are posed throughout the paper to assist respondents in developing their submissions. You may elect to only respond to the questions of most interest to you or your organisation or provide other feedback relevant to the Review Terms of Reference. If you are unable to provide a full submission, you may still provide feedback by answering the three questions below.

You have until 5.00pm 4 June 2021 to make your submission.

Next steps

Written submissions and feedback will be closely reviewed, and will inform the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s review of the Act and may assist it in reaching findings about the operation of the Act, including any recommendations.

The review process may not result in changes to the Act, however all submissions and feedback provided throughout the consultation process will be considered as part of the review process.

Submissions and feedback received will be displayed on this page.

Collection notice

The Review of the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 (the Act) is being completed by the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS). You are not required to provide any personal information to make a submission or provide feedback on the review of the Act. All fields on the submission form relating to personal information (such as providing a name or email address) are optional.

Where you choose to provide personal information, we will only use it for the purpose of providing you updates on the progress of the review, seeking clarification on your submission or feedback, or notifying you of the release of the project’s final report. If you choose to provide personal information, we ask that you do not include this information anywhere other than the designated fields on the submission form. Any summary of personal information made by DJCS in its review of submissions or feedback will be de-identified before publication or sharing with other entities or the public.

DJCS will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. Your submission or feedback will only be published on Engage Victoria with your name where you have elected for this to occur. You may contact DJCS to request access to any personal information you have provided to us by emailing priorityprojects.mailbox@justice.vic.gov.au.

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

DJCS Privacy Statement

DJCS is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of Victorian privacy laws.

The personal information you provide as a result of making this submission or feedback will not be circulated outside of DJCS unless you have included personal information in your submission and have consented to your entire submission being made public. In addition, the only purpose for which DJCS will use your personal information is to contact you about your submission or feedback where you have indicated that you can be contacted for this purpose.