Legislation

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying – What is the Crime?

Cyberbullying – What is the Crime? If you are an internet user, then you will have likely come across cyberbullying in one way or another. Cyberbullying typically manifests in harassing behaviour, such as sending a person offensive or threatening messages,...

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Criminal Records and Spent Convictions

This article was first published on 26 October 2022. The enactment of the Spent Convictions Act 2021 (Vic) means that certain findings of guilt may now become spent. Please read our articles about spent convictions to read more about the...

Workers Talking About Wage Theft

Wage Theft

Wage Theft As of 1 July 2021, it is a criminal offence in Victoria to engage in wage theft offences. The wage theft provisions were introduced to support employee entitlements and capture the conduct of employers who are not adequately...

Publications

Changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 2021

Changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 2021 Information that could identify a victim of a sexual offence is considered restricted information under Victorian law. The rationale for this has been to protect privacy and anonymity of victim-survivors and ensure...

Man Arrested Due to Nazi Symbol Prohibition

Nazi Symbol Prohibition

Nazi Symbol Prohibition The public display of Nazi symbols is now an offence in Victoria. There has been a recent increase in the public display of Nazi symbols in Victoria and the legislation was introduced to ‘assist in combating racism,...

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Criminalising Conversion Therapy in Victoria

Criminalising Conversion Therapy in Victoria On 17 February 2022, the Victorian Government enacted the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021 (‘the Act’), legislatively denouncing change and suppression practices as bigoted, deceptive, and seriously harmful. The Act puts in...

Australia on a Map

Federal Government Overreach: Citizen-Stripping Powers

Federal Government Overreach: Citizen-Stripping Powers The idea of a government exiling its citizens to a foreign land as punishment may be more reminiscent of Ancient Rome than modern Australia, but since 2015 that power has formed part of our anti-terrorism...

Victim of Stealthing Who Gave No Affirmative Consent

Stealthing and Affirmative Consent

Stealthing and Affirmative Consent Amendments will be introduced in Victoria in 2022 that make ‘stealthing’ explicitly a crime and introduce ‘affirmative consent’. These amendments were recommended by the Victorian Law Reform Commission. The VLRC’s report, ‘the Justice System Response to...

Victoria Police

Defund the Police

Defund the Police In 2017-18, in a knee-jerk reaction to an exceptional event, the Victorian Government overhauled the Bail Act. It was acknowledged at the time that the bail laws were already the most restrictive in Victoria, and the purpose...