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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (13 August) . .

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offences were not previously included in schedule 2 of the Victims of Crime Regulation 2000. These technical amendments will ensure that the victims services levy does not apply to any parking offences and that the victims services levy is consistent with the heavy vehicle national law. This bill contributes to improved support and access to justice for victims of crime in the ACT. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill 2015

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by the Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.40): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I am presenting the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill 2015. The purpose of this bill is to make a number of important amendments to the ACT's child sex offender laws. These amendments will further modernise the ACT's approach to the management of registered child sex offenders and provide ACT Policing with better tools to more effectively monitor offenders in the community and to administer the register.

Additionally the reforms proposed in this bill will enhance the police's ability to investigate and prosecute child sex offenders, supporting the primary purposes of the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Act 2005. Most importantly these amendments have been progressed with specific attention on the overarching objective of protecting the lives and sexual safety of children and their families in the ACT.

Today I will provide members with an overview of the amendments that the government is proposing and the policies that have driven these reforms. I will also provide members with information about the consideration that was given to operational and human rights implications during the development of the bill.

The purpose of the child sex offenders act is to reduce the likelihood that registered offenders will reoffend, to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of any future offences that registered offenders may commit, to prevent registered offenders working in child-related employment and to prohibit registered offenders engaging in conduct that poses a risk to the lives or sexual safety of children. To achieve this, chapter 4 of the act establishes the child sex offenders register which requires registered offenders to keep police informed of their whereabouts and other personal details for relevant periods as set out in the act.


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