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.
Youth 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.
In keeping with the requirements of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999, 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.
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).
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:
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 detainees.
Victims Rights Act 1996 defines a victim of crime as:
The Victims Register application form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:
Victims Register Application form [DOC, 118kb]
The Victims of Crime website provides practical information for victims of crime about
Victims Services Website is accessed through Lawlink by clicking here.
If you wish to formally register your interest with Youth Justice, please contact the Strategy and Engagement Directorate 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
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 1333.