Statement on the management of registered sex offenders

In 2018, the Victorian Liberal Nationals put forward a policy to establish a public sex offenders register that struck the right balance between informing families about the worst of the worst sex offenders and preventing vigilante action.

Today’s release of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) report into Managing Registered Sex Offenders highlights the ongoing community safety challenges of managing Victorian registered sex offenders (RSOs).

Sex offenders present a serious threat to the safety of the community and today’s VAGO Report has found:

· Victoria Police has not demonstrated a consistent level of sex offender management across the state.

· The ability of Victoria Police to effectively monitor management of RSOs is impacted by weaknesses in its information collection and analysis.

· Victoria Police expects the number of RSOs managed in the community to increase from 4436 currently to 5531 by June 2022.

VAGO has highlighted the need for greater support and resources for Victoria Police to enhance their ability to effectively manage RSOs in Victoria and keep the community safe.

The Victorian Liberal Nationals believe families deserve to know who their neighbours are and if there are recidivist child sex offenders living in their local area.

The safety of the community and the protection of children must be the number one priority of Government and the Victorian Liberal Nationals will support today’s motion in the Legislative Council to have a public sex offender register referred to the Legal and Social Issues Committee for further consideration. David Southwick MP

Shadow Minister for Police

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