We are responsible for independent, rigorous monitoring of serious sex and serious violent offenders on post sentence orders, and oversight of the post sentence scheme delivered by government agencies in Victoria.
We coordinate a whole-of-government approach that reduces the likelihood of reoffending and improves community safety. We operate in line with the:
- Serious Offenders Act 2018 (External link)
- Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (External link)
- Public Administration Act 2004 (External link).
The Post Sentence Authority was established as an independent statutory authority in 2018, replacing the Detention and Supervision Order Division of the Adult Parole Board (External link). In September 2018, the Authority's role was expanded to monitor serious violent offenders under the Serious Offenders Act 2018.
The Harper Review
The Authority was established in response to the Review of Complex Adult Victim Sex Offender Management (commonly known as the Harper Review).
In 2015, an expert panel led by former Supreme Court Judge David Harper reviewed the existing post sentence scheme, and proposed significant reforms to strengthen the management of serious offenders.
The complete report is available from the Corrections Victoria website (External link).