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Victoria’s sex offender registration scheme requires registered sex offenders (RSOs) to keep police informed of key personal details throughout a determined reporting period. It aims to reduce the likelihood of RSOs reoffending and to prevent RSOs from working in child-related employment. Ineffective management of RSOs may result in decreased community safety and a loss of public confidence in the justice system.

This audit examined whether Victoria Police has the governance structure and organisational capability and capacity to manage RSOs. We also assessed how effectively RSOs are managed in the community, including whether Victoria Police appropriately resources the task.

This audit focused on Victoria Police, but also included the Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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