Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Child sex offenders to be better monitored

    27/11/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Greater controls to keep child sex offenders from living near children 
    • Increased penalties for offenders who breach the Act
    Police Minister Rob Johnson said legislative changes would enable police to better monitor a reportable child sex offender’s compliance with the conditions set by a court.

    Courts will be able to compel a reportable child sex offender to desist from living near their victim or schools under proposed legislative changes aimed at protecting Western Australian children.

    Mr Johnson said he would be introducing legislation into State Parliament this week to amend Child Protection Prohibition Orders (CPPOs).

    “Recent court outcomes and actions of individual offenders have rendered CPPOs ineffective in prohibiting certain types of behaviour and ensuring the safety of children across the State,” he said.

    “We have seen cases where convicted child sex offenders live near schools and child care centres, or near their victims, much to the distress of the local community.

    “Under the proposed changes, courts will be able to compel a reportable offender to do certain things, rather than just prohibiting certain types of conduct.

    “These provisions address considerable deficiencies with the current legislation and will give WA Police greater flexibility when monitoring those reportable offenders subject to CPPOs.”

    The Minister said the legislation would complement moves to introduce a public sex offender register.
     
    Proposed changes include:
    • prohibiting a reportable offender from living at a specific place, such as the offender’s home
    • requiring  offenders to seek the permission of the Commissioner of Police before changing address or travelling outside of Australia 
    • requiring  offenders to undergo psychological treatment and submit to drug and alcohol testing
    • allowing authorised police officers access to a reportable offender’s premises to inspect computers, but only in circumstances where the court has ordered that the reportable offender not use the internet. This power is limited to one inspection annually unless extenuating circumstances apply.
    Penalties will also increase from two years to five years for any reportable sex offender who breaches their court conditions, in line with recommendations from the 2009 Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management - Police (MCPEMP).

          Fact File
    • The Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Amendment Bill 2011 (No. 1) will be introduced into State Parliament this week
    • The Bill will ensure WA has some of the strictest compliance and monitoring legislation in Australia which will assist with improving the safety of the community and reducing the likelihood of reoffending
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