The Victims of Crime Consultative Committee was initially established in 2012. The Board has been represented on the committee since it commenced.
In 2016 the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee was given legislative recognition in the Victims of Crime Commissioner Act 2015 (opens in a new window). The Victims of Crime Commissioner Act 2015 (The Act) establishes the position, functions and powers of Victims of Crime Commissioner, and formally establishes the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee.
The Act lists the committee’s functions as follows:
- to provide a forum for victims of crime, justice agencies and victims of crime services to discuss improvements to policies, practices and service delivery in respect of victims of crime issues and victims of crime support services
- to provide advice to the Attorney-General regarding policies, practices and reforms in respect of victims of crime issues and victims of crime support services
- to promote the interests of victims of crime in the administration of the justice system
- to provide advice on any matter referred to it by the Attorney-General.
The Victims of Crime Consultative Committee includes:
- the Chairperson, currently a retired Justice of the Supreme Court
- up to seven members who are victims of crime, appointed by the Attorney-General
- the Victims of Crime Commissioner
- representatives of every court jurisdiction including the Magistrates’ Court Victims of Crime Tribunal
- representatives from the Board, Victoria Police and the Office of Public Prosecutions
- any representatives from organisations that provide services to victims of crime or other members appointed by the Attorney-General.