The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanian communities safe.

We are currently seeking public comment on new draft legislation to establish provisions in the Sentencing Act 1997 that will enable serious sex and violence offenders to be declared High Risk Offenders.

Under the Sentencing Amendment (Dangerous Criminals and High Risk Offenders) Bill 2020, the Supreme Court will be able to make a High Risk Offender (HRO) order, imposing a wide range of conditions, including post-sentence supervision for up to an initial five years when it is deemed necessary for the safety of the community.

The Bill will also allow the Director of Public Prosecutions to apply for subsequent HRO orders to continue the period of supervision for an offender if required, as well as providing penalties for breaches.

A High Risk Offender order will be a second-tier scheme to operate under the Dangerous Criminal Declaration provisions, which will also be updated by the Bill.

The updates will ensure that another judge, other than the sentencing or convicting judge, can hear applications for Dangerous Criminal Declarations.

They will also provide the Court with powers to set out requirements that apply to an offender before the Court makes a decision on whether to discharge a Dangerous Criminal Declaration.

Submissions are open until 14 February 2020 and the draft Bill is available from the Department of Justice’s website at www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General