Serious Offences Committed on Community Correction Orders

In August 2017, the Council began examining serious offences committed by people serving a community correction order. This followed an amendment to the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic) requiring the Council to report on ‘the number of persons convicted during [each financial] year of a serious offence committed while subject to a community correction order’ (section 104AA).

serious offence covers a wide range of offences including:

  • serious violent offences defined under clause 2 of Schedule 1 of the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) (for example, murder, aggravated burglary, making a threat to kill and false imprisonment)
  • sexual offences listed in Schedule 1 of the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 (Vic) (for example, rape, indecent act with a child under 16 and possession of child pornography).

In May 2018, the Council released Serious Offending by People Serving a Community Correction Order: 2016–17. In it, the Council identified the volume and nature of serious offences sentenced in 2016–17 committed by offenders serving a community correction order.

The report follows the Council’s previous work on monitoring trends in the imposition and contravention of community correction orders.