Our criminal law policy and law reform work

Our criminal law policy and law reform work

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

We are actively involved in policy and law reform work including government-led consultations and working groups. We are advocating for fair and transparent laws that recognise the vulnerability of our clients, many of whom are socially and economically isolated from society. These clients include children, people living with a disability or mental illness, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those who live in remote areas.

Some of our recent work has involved contributing to:

  • the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Drug Law Reform
  • the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Youth Justice Centres in Victoria
  • the Youth Justice Review and Strategy conducted by Penny Armytage and Professor James Ogloff AM
  • the Bail Review conducted by Justice Coghlan, and implementation of his recommendations
  • the Sentencing Advisory Council’s Reference on ‘Swift, Certain and Fair Approaches to the Sentencing of Family Violence Offenders’
  • Australian implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

Instead of entrenching inequality and disadvantage, we have called for the criminal justice system to respond in ways that seek to address the causes of offending behaviour.

More information

If you are interested in learning more about our criminal law policy work, contact:

You can also contact them by phone on (03) 9280 3749.