ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) maintains the ACT Victims Register.
This register records the names and contact details of victims who have asked to be registered in order to receive information about an adult offender who is subject to a custody or community order. Information held on the ACT Victims Register is confidential and will not be released to others without the consent of a registered victim.
The register is strictly controlled and access to it is limited to a small number of authorised staff.
Registered victims are provided with timely, relevant and accurate information about an offender. If you are a registered victim of a sentenced offender you may be informed of the following:
- if the offender is serving a sentence of imprisonment, the length of the sentence, the offender’s parole eligibility date and earliest release date;
- the correctional centre where the offender is detained and any transfer of the offender to another correctional centre;
- any non-association or place restriction order that applies to the offender;
- any change in an offender’s security classification which may result in the offender being eligible for unsupervised external leave;
- any unsupervised external leave given to the offender;
- the death of the offender;
- the escape and re-capture of the offender;
- the transfer of the offender’s sentence to another State or Territory; and
- provided such disclosure is considered appropriate in the circumstances, any other exceptional event relating to the offender.
Registered victims are also contacted and provided with an opportunity to make a submission to ACTCS custodial management or the Sentence Administration Board about any application for unsupervised external leave, or parole application respectively.
If you are a registered victim of an offender who is serving a sentence by way of a community order, you may be informed of the following:
- the duration of the offender’s order;
- if the offender is under an Intensive Correction Order (ICO) – the place where the offender may do community service work or attend a rehabilitation program;
- if the offender is under a Good Behaviour Order – the place where the offender may do community service work or attend a rehabilitation program;
- any non-association order or place restriction order that relates to you;
- the transfer of the offender’s order to another State or Territory; and
- the cancellation or variation of the offender’s order.
The operation and management of the ACT Victims Register is governed by provisions in the
How to apply
To be added to the ACT Victims Register, a completed ACT Victims Register Registration Form must be sent to the ACTCS Victim Liaison Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org or to the following address:
The Victim Liaison Officer
ACT Corrective Services
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
For questions, or to request a registration form to be sent to you via mail, please contact the Victim Liaison Officer on (02) 6207 0836 or via email@example.com.
Offender privacy considerations
In providing offender information to a registered victim, ACTCS must be mindful of the offender’s right to privacy and must ensure that the disclosure of an offender’s personal information is in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014, Privacy Act 1988 and Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005.
Registered victims will only receive information about an offender that has been sentenced in respect to an offence committed against them.
Victims cannot receive information about:
- any unrelated sentence that an offender may be serving concurrently with the sentence relating to the victim;
- any sentence imposed on the offender after the completion of the sentence relating to the offence committed against the victim; and
- an offender’s prior criminal history.