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Prisoner Mental Health Care Taskforce Final Report

Prisoner Mental Health Care Taskforce Final Report

This Report has been prepared to provide the Minister for Corrections with advice on ways in which the delivery of mental health services to prisoners and detainees in Tasmania can be improved.

Its release was delayed until the relevant Coronial inquiry had concluded.

The Report is available for download. (PDF, 535.4 KB)

Independent Investigation into the THS and the management of child sexual abuse

Independent investigation into the THS and the management of child sexual abuse

On 22 October 2020, the Tasmanian Government announced the establishment of an independent investigation into the circumstances of a deceased former employee of the Launceston General Hospital, in relation to child sexual abuse allegations.

The investigation will examine the systems (including legislation, policies, practices and procedures) of the Tasmanian Health Service, Department of Health and other relevant Government Agencies in relation to the management of historical allegations of child sexual abuse.

The Department of Justice will provide administrative support to the conduct of the investigation.

The Terms of Reference are available for download. (PDF, 270.1 KB)

The Government will publicly release the findings at the completion of the investigation.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that our systems operate to protect the safety and wellbeing of children.

The investigation will complement, not substitute, the extensive work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Tasmanian Government encourages anyone affected by child sexual or physical abuse to access the services and support groups that are available to assist. Some options for advice and support are listed below:

Please remember that help and support is available.

  • Relationships Australia Tasmania - 1300 364 277
  • Sexual Assault Support Service Inc. - 03 6231 0044
  • If you need immediate support, 24-hour telephone assistance is available though:
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • beyondblue: 1300 224 636
  • 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978

Independent Review of Expungement of Historical Offences Act 2017 - Final report

Independent Review of Expungement of Historical Offences Act 2017: Report of the Independent Reviewers

Section 32 of the Expungement of Historical Offences Act 2017 (the Act) requires the Minister to cause an independent review of the operation of the Act to be completed within 6 months after the second anniversary of the Act’s commencement. The Act commenced on 9 April 2018.

An independent review was conducted, including a call for written submissions from interested parties to enable consideration of the matters.

The Report of the Independent Review of Expungement of Historical Offences Act 2017 (PDF, 4.0 MB) was tabled in Parliament on November 17, 2020.

Contact us if you require an accessible document and we will produce one within 10 working days.

Electoral Act Review Final Report

Electoral Act Review Final Report

The Electoral Act Review Final Report (PDF, 6.7 MB) can now be downloaded. The report was the result of a review of Tasmania’s Electoral Act 2004 and associated election laws jointly conducted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Review of the Public Trustee

Independent Review of the Public Trustee Tasmania - Report

On 25 May 2022, the Tasmanian Government released their response to the Independent Review of the Public Trustee Tasmania.

Read the Government Response to the Independent Review of the Public Trustee Tasmania (PDF, 380.6 KB).

On 1 December 2021, the Tasmanian Government released the independent review into the administrative and operational practices of the Public Trustee.

Read the Independent Review of the Public Trustee Tasmania - Report (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Help shape Tasmania’s new Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

Help shape Tasmania’s new Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

Logo for the Sharing Lived Experience Survey

Trigger Warning: Please note, the content of this article and related Survey may be confronting or triggering for some readers.

The Tasmanian Government has launched the consultation strategy for development of the third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.

The voices of victim-survivors are at the centre of the Government’s approach to consultation and collaboration with the Tasmanian community, and there are five key elements of consultation:

  • Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022
  • Establishing a Victim-Survivor Advisory Council
  • Targeted Workshops with stakeholders
  • Partnering with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community
  • Public Written Submissions

For more information about consultation strategy and timeline visit the Safe from Violence website.

Hearing Lived Experience Survey

The Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022 is an online public survey of adult victim-survivors with lived experience of family and sexual violence.

The Survey opened on 11 February 2022 and will remain open for 12 months to provide time for victim-survivors to come forward and safely share their story.

The Survey can be accessed via the homepage of the Safe from Violence website

The online survey includes a Quick Exit button, information on completing the survey safely, and key emergency and service support information is featured throughout the survey.

The Survey and supporting information have been developed by the Department of Communities Tasmania in consultation with key government and non-government stakeholders and victim-survivors of family and sexual violence.

The Department of Justice plays a key role in the Tasmanian Government’s provision of services and support for victim survivors of family violence through the Safe at Home Coordination Team.

If you would like to share your experiences to inform the development of the plan or know someone who might, please take the time to complete the survey or pass on the link.

Help and Support Services

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence call the Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual violence call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis Line on 1800 697 877

In an emergency, always call 000

For more information:

New going to court video series launched

New going to court video series launched

A new series of videos have been developed to demystify the experience of attending the Magistrates Courts.

The series of four short videos have been developed through collaboration between the Department of Justice, Association for Children with Disability (Tas), Brain Injury Association of Tasmania, Speak Out Association of Tasmania, the Magistrates Court, Equal Opportunity Tasmania and Tasmania Legal Aid.

The collaborative approach has ensured that the videos meet the specific needs of the target audience of people with disability and/or low literacy

There are four videos in the series which were made possible by a grant from the Law Foundation of Tasmania:

  • Video 1 – Preparing for Court - aims to provide viewers with the information they need to know before going to court and explains the various support services available. A large focus of this video is to explain the importance of preparing well for court and obtaining the necessary support both in a personal and legal sense.
  • Video 2- Arriving at Court - explains the process of arriving at court and the steps an individual needs to take such as passing through security and making their way to the waiting area.
  • Video 3: In the Court - explains the busy nature of the courtroom, its processes and the various people who may be in the courtroom.
  • Video 4: After Court - provides a brief summary of the various outcomes that can occur following a court appearance.

The videos will provide a valuable resource for a range of vulnerable Tasmanians who may otherwise have difficulty understanding the requirements and processes of going to Court.

The Attorney-General has recorded a short message to launch the videos.

The videos are available on the Magistrates Court website https://www.magistratescourt.tas.gov.au/going_to_court/going-to-court-videos

Criminal Code now expressly includes strangulation and stealthing

Criminal Code now expressly includes strangulation and stealthing

The Criminal Code Amendment Act 2022 commenced on 22 August 2022 and makes the following changes to Tasmania’s Criminal Code

  1. New standalone offence of ‘Strangulation’ and associated amendments (such as alternative verdicts) and
  2. Amends section 2A ‘Consent’ to specifically address ‘stealthing’ behaviour (in the context of the offence of rape).

Read about the changes in detail by visiting the following fact sheets