The department and its funded services have new legislative obligations to improve the coordination and delivery of services to post-sentence offenders under amendments made to the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.
Victoria’s post-sentence scheme is supported by the Serious Offenders Act 2018 (the Act).
The aim of the Act is to:
- Enhance the protection of the community by requiring offenders who have served prison sentences for certain sex and violence offences, and who continue to present unacceptable risk of committing further offences, to be subject to a detention or supervision order
- Facilitate the treatment and rehabilitation of the offenders.
The Act establishes:
- Shared responsibility to coordinate and deliver services to offenders through a coordinated services plan
- The Post-Sentence Authority
- A Multi-agency Panel.
The Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria Police and the Department of Justice and Regulation have shared responsibility to:
- Develop and review a coordinated services plan for each offender
- Provide reasonable assistance and support to each other
- Share information
- Identify and take steps to resolve issues relating to the delivery of services.
Serious Offenders Coordination team
The Serious Offenders Coordination team supports the Department of Health and Human Services, and its funded agencies, to meet the requirements of the Act.
- Coordinates service responses for the development and review of a coordinated services plan
- Promotes improved service responses
- Supports the Department of Health and Human Services' Multi-agency Panel members
- Coordinates, responds and reports on notices from the Post-Sentence Authority.
Prior to a coordinated services plan being presented to the Multi-agency Panel, the team will contact an area of the department or a funded service. The team will request an update on the services being provided or may request for a service to the client to commence. The team will ask that an Information Request Form is completed and returned by a set date.
Information disclosure and use
Section 284 of the Serious Offenders Act 2018 states who can use and disclose information, and for what purpose.
For a person employed in the Department of Health and Human Services, and a person delivering a service or advice on behalf of the department, information use and disclosure is allowed for:
- Preparing reports, plans or any other documents required by the Act
- Making or responding to an application under the Act
- Preparing and reviewing coordinated services plans
- Delivering or providing services in a coordinated services plan
- Managing an offender.
If you require additional information email the Serious Offenders Coordination team (email in contacts) or see the related resources section.