The Government is conducting a systemic review of police oversight in Victoria. The review is a key recommendation of the  Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. 

The review will consider the design of the Victorian police oversight system, including:

  • the external oversight of police’s use of significant powers by independent integrity agencies
  • complaints and disclosures about police misconduct and corruption
  • how these complaints may be responded to (either via informal resolution, formal complaints resolution processes or investigation and/or disciplinary processes).

How to participate

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is a Victorian Government department and is separate from Victoria Police.

The department invites you to provide your feedback in this consultation in two ways:

  1. respond to the online anonymous survey below
  2. make a written submission that answers questions in the consultation paper and email it to integrity.policy@justice.vic.gov.au.

Consultation closes 5pm 1 February 2022.

Next steps

Your responses to the survey and/or consultation paper will help inform the design, scope and implementation of police oversight reforms in Victoria. We will report on the outcome of the consultation via this Engage Victoria website.

Explanation of terms used in this consultation

Restorative justice processes are a framework for addressing and preventing harm that moves beyond discipline and reprimands towards healing. Restorative justice processes most commonly bring together people affected by harm, with the person or institution that caused the harm, in a safe, structured and facilitated way, to talk about what happened, how they were impacted and how the harm can be repaired or addressed.

Definition adapted from the RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice.

Conciliation is a process in which the parties to a dispute, with the assistance of a dispute resolution practitioner (the conciliator), identify the issues in dispute, develop options, consider alternatives and endeavour to reach an agreement.

Further explanation on the Australian Disputes Centre website.

Independent oversight agency means an agency that is established under law and that is independent of Victoria Police, which has functions and powers to oversee, investigate and resolve complaints and public interest disclosures about police wrongdoing. In Victoria, the main agency with these functions is IBAC.

Privacy collection notice

This collection notice applies to respondents of the systemic review of police oversight consultation.

The information provided in your submissions will be collected by the Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department). If you submit your response via the Engage Victoria Website, the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), who manages the Engage Victoria website, will also be able to view the information that you provide. Both DJCS and DPC are bound by Victorian privacy laws, including the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).

Online survey

Your online survey can be provided anonymously via Engage Victoria. If you choose to provide personal information, we ask that you do not include this information anywhere other than the designated fields in the survey. You are not required to provide any identifying or other personal information to complete the survey on police oversight reform. All fields in the survey relating to personal information are optional.

Written submission

If you choose to make a written submission, you can do so by emailing your submission to the department systemic review of police oversight email account: integrity.policy@justice.vic.gov.au. If you do so, we may be able to identify you from your email address and, if you provide it, your name.

Emails received by the department will be securely stored and will only be accessible by the review team. Information will be held by the department and only used to inform the review of the police oversight system and the associated development of policy and legislation regarding the police complaints and police oversight system.

The department will not disclose any personal information you provide as part of this consultation without your consent, except where we are required to do so by law. If you consent to the publication of your written submission, we may publish your submission online. If you do not consent, your submission will be confidential. Please do not provide any information that identifies another person in your submission. If you do so, your submission will be treated as confidential and not published, even if you consent to publication. Confidential submissions will be only used to inform the work of the systemic review and no identifying information will be accessible to individuals outside of the review team.

Following this consultation, a summary of submissions may be made public. The summary will not contain identifying information.

IBAC and Victoria Police are separate agencies to the DJCS. Only DJCS will have access to confidential submissions. Public submissions can be seen by anyone including IBAC and Victoria Police.

You may contact DJCS to request access to any personal information you have provided to us by emailing integrity.policy@justice.vic.gov.au.

Submissions made by organisations

This consultation is occurring in response to the 2018 IBAC Parliamentary Committee’s Inquiry into the external oversight of police corruption and misconduct in Victoria and the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. Unless the ‘confidential’ option is selected, submissions made by bodies, agencies and organisations (such as key integrity bodies) may be shared with other areas of DJCS where the submission is relevant to corresponding and overlapping reform work being undertaken (for example, reforms to Human Source Management regulation being undertaken as part of the response to the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants). The purpose of sharing this information is to ensure that reforms that intersect with the systemic review of police oversight work are coherent and complimentary.

Where bodies, agencies and organisations include personal, health, sensitive and/or third-party information in submissions, the submissions will be de-identified and/or summarised prior to sharing with other areas of DJCS to ensure that personal, health, sensitive and/or third-party information is removed.

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