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Victims register

The New South Wales Government believes that victims of crime should be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect for their rights and dignity.

In accordance with this fundamental belief, the Victims Rights Act was enacted in 1996. The Act contains a Charter of Victims Rights that establishes standards for the appropriate treatment of victims of crime that is overseen by the Victims of Crime Bureau. 
Juvenile Justice is committed to acknowledging and observing the rights of victims as described in the Victims Rights Act 1996 and the Charter of Victims Rights.

The victims register

Serious young offender review panel

Information not provided to registered victims

Confidentiality

Who is eligible to register as a victim

Contact us for more information

Application form

Additional support information for victims


 

The victims register

In keeping with the requirements of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999, Juvenile Justice established and maintains a Victims Register. Through the Victims Register, Juvenile Justice provides support and information to victims of crime as outlined in the Charter of Victims Rights.

The Victims Register records the names and contact details of those victims who have formally requested to be registered with Juvenile Justice. Registered victims have the right to be kept informed of specified events as described in the Charter of Victims Rights as they relate to young offenders who were found guilty of a crime, have been sentenced by the courts and are currently in custody in a juvenile justice centre

Information available to registered victims:

  • initial approval for a young offender to undertake supervised outings
  • initial approval to undertake day leave
  • initial approval to undertake overnight leave
  • a young offender's impending discharge from custody or transfer to an adult correctional centre
  • a young offender's impending parole (Where an offender is a serious offender as defined by the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999, registered victims will be informed of his or her right to make a submission to the Children’s Court in its jurisdiction as a Parole Board prior to the granting of parole.)
  • escape or failure to return from leave and subsequent re-apprehension
  • general area of residence on release from custody

 

Serious young offenders review panel

Registered victims of young offenders who have committed a serious children’s indictable offence are also given the opportunity to make a submission to the Serious Young Offenders Review Panel (SYORP). 

The SYORP is an independent body established to assess all initial applications for day and overnight leave submitted on behalf of serious young offenders and to provide recommendations to the Executive Director, Juvenile Justice. The panel will carefully consider a range of reports and submissions, including any submission from a registered victim, prior to making its recommendation on a young offender’s application for leave from custody. 

Information not provided to registered victims

In accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987, registered victims cannot be provided with the following information:

  • the location where the detainee is being detained
  • the actual date of a detainee’s initial day or overnight leave or any subsequent occasions on which leave is granted
  • the location where leave will be undertaken
  • the actual date of a detainee’s release or discharge from custody
  • any other information that would contravene Juvenile Justice’s legislative responsibility under the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987 and the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. 

​Confidentiality

The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act (Privacy Act) ensures legally enforceable privacy rights for people and governs how public sector agencies deal with personal information. It allows people the opportunity to make a complaint to Juvenile Justice about misuse of their personal information and/or apply to Juvenile Justice for an internal review concerning an alleged misuse of their personal information. These rights apply to both registered victims and detainees

Information given to registered victims in accordance with the Charter of Victims Rights is provided in strictest confidence and on the understanding that the information and the identity of the young person must not be publicly disclosed.

 

Who is eligible to register as a victim

The Victims Rights Act 1996 defines a victim of crime as:

  • (1) a victim of crime is a person who suffers harm as a direct result of an act committed, or apparently committed, by another person in the course of a criminal offence
  • (2) a person who suffers harm if, as a result of such an act:
    • (a) the person suffers actual physical bodily harm, or psychological or psychiatric harm, or
    • (b) the person’s property is deliberately taken, destroyed or damaged.
  • (3) if the person dies as a result of the act concerned, a member of the person’s immediate family is also a victim of crime for the purposes of this Act
  • (4) if a person dies as a result of the act concerned and there is more than one member of the person’s immediate family, members of the immediate family may nominate a representative for the purposes of the Charter of Victims Rights.

Contact us for more information

If you wish to formally register your interest with Juvenile Justice, please contact Policy and Government Relations to discuss the matter further. All correspondence should be marked confidential and addressed to:

The Victims Register
Policy and Government Relations
Juvenile Justice
GPO Box 31 SYDNEY NSW 2001

If you have any questions about completing the application form or the function and role of Juvenile Justice and the Victims Register, please contact the Victims Register Officer on (02) 8346 1348.​

 

Application form

The Victims Register application form can be downloaded (in PDF format) by clicking on the link below:

Victims Register Appli​cation form (Word 106kb)​ 

Additional support information for victims

The Victims of Crime website provides practical information for victims of crime about

  • counselling and support services 
  • police investigations and court processes
  • obtaining compensation
  • domestic violence and sexual assault
  • victims rights

The Victims Services ​Website​ is accessed through Lawlink by clicking here.

 

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