Corrective Services NSW maintains a register for victims of adult offenders currently sentenced for the offence of which they were the victim. The Forensic Division of the Mental Health Review Tribunal maintains a register for victims of forensic patients as defined in the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990. Juvenile Justice has established and maintains a register for victims of young offenders who have been found guilty of a crime, have been sentenced by the courts and are currently in custody in a juvenile justice centre.
If you are eligible to register, you are entitled to a range of information. If you would like to discuss your right to information about an offender, the contact person at the relevant Victims Register can talk to you about the type of information you may receive.
If you are on the Corrective Services NSW Victims Register, you will be told about the offender's release. Sometimes offenders are eligible to apply for unescorted leave or parole. You will be advised of this, which gives you the chance to decide whether you want to make a written submission.
Making a written submission is your opportunity to convey how you feel about the possibility of the offender's presence in the community and any conditions you would like considered if the offender were approved. A written submission can be short and in your own words. There is an easy to use template available or you can create your own document to make a written submission. The Victim Support Officer can assist you to write the submission and provide you with support. A written submission allows you to have your say and will be taken into consideration with a range of other reports in shaping a balanced decision, which is considered to be in the best interests of the community.
If you do decide to make a submission you need to have your name on the Corrective Services Victims Register so they can contact you.
If you have any questions about the unescorted leave or parole consideration processes please contact: Coordinator Victims Register on: Phone: (02) 8346 1374 or visit Web: Corrective Services NSW
If you would like assistance in deciding whether or not to make a submission or you would like assistance in writing your submission please contact:Victim Support Officer on:Phone: (02) 8346 1112Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) must review the case of each forensic patient at least once every six months. However, at most of these hearings there is no application for leave or release before the Tribunal, and the hearing simply reviews the care and treatment the patient is receiving.
If you are on the Forensic Patient Victims Register maintained by the Mental Health Review Tribunal, you can elect to be notified regarding the following matters:
notification of Tribunal hearings only where leave or release is being applied for
notification of all Tribunal hearings
notification of Tribunal determinations only where leave or release was applied for
notification of Tribunal determination only where leave or release was granted
notification of all Tribunal determinations
notification if the forensic patient absconds or breaches their conditions of leave or release
notification of Administrative Orders issued by the Director-General of Health.
When leave or release is being considered, registered victims may choose to request that non-association and/or place restriction conditions be attached. To make an application, a written submission should be forwarded to the Tribunal before the hearing and should clearly indicate the conditions that you are seeking to have imposed. A written submission can be short and in your own words. The Principal Forensic Officers can offer you guidance on what these conditions mean and the form they usually take, as well as general information about the hearing process. A written submission allows you to have your say and will be taken into consideration with a range of other reports in shaping a balanced decision, which is considered to be in the best interests of the community.
If you do decide you wish to be notified when leave or release is being applied for so that you can make a submission you need to have your name on the Forensic Patient Victims Register so they can contact you.
If you have any questions about the leave or release process or forensic reviews in general please contact: Forensic Division, MHRT on:Phone: (02) 9816 5955 or visit Web: Mental Health Review Tribunal Postal address: Forensic Unit, Mental Health Review Tribunal, PO Box 2019, Boronia Park NSW 2111.
The Victims Register records the names and contact details of those victims who have formally requested to be registered with the agency. 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 juvenile justice centre.
The agency will provide registered victims with information relating to:
any change in security classification that would permit a detainee to become eligible for leave from custody (day or overnight leave), prior to his or her release from custody;
the eligibility of a young offender to commence approved day or overnight leave;
a young offender's impending release or escape from custody; and
the young offender's impending parole.
If you wish to formally register your interest with Juvenile Justice, please contact the Victims Contact Person:Phone: (02) 9219 9432 or visit:
Web: Juvenile JusticePostal address: Victims Register, Locked Bag 5111, Parramatta NSW 2124 .
Provides information for victims of crime about victims registers, their purpose and the contact details of the three agencies who hold victims registers: Corrective Services NSW, Juvenile Justice anqd the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
If you are unsure which register to contact, or are seeking other information about support available for victims of crime, you may contact the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063.