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

The Victims Rights and Support 2013 contains a Charter of Victims Rights that establishes standards for the appropriate treatment of victims of crime that is overseen by the Victims Services NSW. 

Youth Justice is committed to acknowledging and observing the rights of victims as described in the Charter of Victims Rights.

In keeping with the requirements of the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987, Youth Justice established and maintains a Victims Register. Through the Victims Register, Youth 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 Youth 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 Youth Justice centre. 

Information available to registered victims includes:

  • If there is a change to the young offender’s earliest possible release date 
  • The general area of residence on discharge from custody 
  • If the young offender is about to be transferred to a correctional centre or mental health facility
  • If the young offender dies while serving a sentence or released on parole 
  • If the young offender escapes or failure to return from leave and subsequent re-apprehension 
  • If the young offender receives initial approval to undertake day and overnight leave 
  • When the young offender becomes eligible for release on parole or when a parole order has been made and the date of release and any conditions placed on the parole order and any subsequent condition changes 
  • If the young offender’s parole has been revoked and they are returned to custody

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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, Youth 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 young offender is being detained
  • the actual date of a young offender’s initial day or overnight leave or any subsequent occasions on which leave is granted
  • the specific location where leave will be undertaken
  • the actual date of a young person’s release or discharge from custody
  • any other information that would contravene Youth Justice NSW'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 Youth Justice about misuse of their personal information and/or apply to Youth Justice for an internal review concerning an alleged misuse of their personal information. These rights apply to both registered victims and young offenders. 


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 Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987 defines a victim as:

  • (1) a victim of an offence for which the young person has been sentenced or of any offence taken into account under Division 3 of Part 3 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1990 when dealing with a primary offence, 
            or

  • (2) the family representative of a victim, if the victim is deceased, incapacitated, or under 18 years old 
           and

  • (3) having suffered actual physical bodily harm, mental illness or nervous shock, or whose property is deliberately taken, destroyed or damaged, as a direct result of an act committed, or apparently committed, by the young person in the course of an offence

Information guide and registration form

The Victims Register application form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

Victims Register Information Guide and Registration Form [PDF, 438kb]​​ 

Additional support information for victims

The Victims Services 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

Contact us

If you wish to formally register your interest with Youth Justice, please contact the Victims Register Officer to discuss the matter further. All correspondence should be marked confidential and addressed to:

The Victims Register

Strategy & Engagement Directorate
Youth Justice
GPO Box 31 SYDNEY NSW 2001

Or

JJVictimsRegister@justice.nsw.gov.au

If you have any questions about completing the application form or the function and role of Youth Justice and the Victims Register, please contact the Victims Register Officer on (02) 8346 1406.