The identity of some of the most dangerous sex offenders could be revealed under reforms to the state’s suppression order laws being considered by the Victorian government.
An independent review of Victoria’s Open Courts Act has recommended that courts should be restricted from making suppression orders concealing the identity or whereabouts of sex offenders living in the community under supervision.
Safety of the individuals would still need to be considered, it said.
The Victorian government has given its support “in full or in principle” to 17 of the 18 recommendations, and is still considering one.
Between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016, Victorian courts and tribunals made1594 suppression orders.
The review found that courts and tribunals made relatively few suppression orders in comparison to their overall caseloads, but further work was needed to ensure future orders were clearer and made only when necessary.
It recommended a range of improvements to existing suppression laws, including: