Criminal Code Amendment (Bullying) Bill 2019

This Bill amends the Criminal Code Act 1924, Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2005, Family Violence Act 2004 and the Justices Act 1959.

This Bill implements the Government’s commitment to amend the Criminal Code to make serious cyberbullying a criminal offence.

The provisions in the Bill expand the fault and conduct elements in the existing offence of ‘stalking’ in section 192 of the Criminal Code to address serious bullying behaviours, including cyberbullying.

The Bill makes consequential amendments to the Family Violence Act 2004 and the Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2005 to align the references to section 192 in these Acts with the Criminal Code. This Bill also amends Part 1 of Schedule 3 of the Justices Act 1959 to remove reference to the crime of stalking (section 192).

The final Bill has been tabled and is now available on the Parliament of Tasmania website.

Consultation and publication of submissions

Public consultation on a draft Bill commenced on 10 December 2018 and concluded on 1 February 2019.

The consultation process was undertaken by the Department of Justice and was subject to the Government’s ‘Publication of Submissions Received by Tasmanian Government Departments in Response to Consultation on Major Policy Issues’ policy.

Further details on the policy and a link to the full document are available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

The Department of Justice received 10 submissions that are required to be published in accordance with the policy. As the Government’s consideration of all submissions has now concluded, those submissions that are required to be published have been made available.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.