The law in Victoria says that if a serious sex offender or serious violent offender is considered by a court to be an unacceptable risk to the community after they have completed their prison sentence, a detention order can be used to keep them detained.

The Supreme Court of Victoria makes detention orders

The Director of Public Prosecutions (External link) has the power to apply to the Supreme Court to make a detention order for an offender.

Detention orders:

  • can be made for up to three years
  • can be renewed for extra periods of three years
  • must be reviewed by the Supreme Court at least annually.

Victims of Crime

The Victims Register (External link) is a service that can provide information about the offender to people affected by their crimes.

What we do

We review and monitor the progress of offenders on detention orders.