Serious Offences Committed on Community Correction Orders

In August 2017, the Council commenced a project examining serious offences committed by people serving a community correction order. The project will fulfil a reporting requirement placed on the Council by a 2015 amendment to the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic). Section 104AA states:

For each financial year commencing on or after 1 July 2016, the Sentencing Advisory Council must report for that year the number of persons convicted during that year of a serious offence committed while subject to a community correction order.

A ‘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).

The project will examine the volume and nature of serious offences committed by offenders serving a community correction order and will focus on the sentencing period between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

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