Agency VA 3085
Department of Justice
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Date Range: 1992 - 2014
 
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Establishment

Following significant machinery of government changes after the election of the first Kennett Government in October 1992, the Department of Justice was established. Under Administrative Arrangements Order No.114, the Department assumed responsibility for all functions of the Attorney-General's Department (VA 2825), the Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor (VA 667), the Office of the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity (VA 1830), the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services (VA 421), the Office of Corrections (VA 1063), the previous Ministry of Consumer Affairs (VA 1026) (renamed Office of Fair Trading) except Trade and Measurement Branch and Shop Trading and Liquor Licensing Commission (VA 2869), the Women's Policy Coordination Unit and Office of the Solicitor-General from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039), and the State Trust Corporation of Victoria.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice was one of thirteen departments established by the Government of Victorian in October 1992. At that time the Secretary of the Department of Justice was responsible to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrections, and the Attorney-General, Minister for Fair Trading and Minister for Women's Affairs.

The Department of Justice brought together all Government activities concerned with the reform, administration and enforcement of the law in Victoria, including all police and prosecution functions, administration of the Court system, provision of the prison system, administration of various tribunals established to protect citizens' rights, provision of emergency services, drafting of legislation, and provision of legal advice to Government.

The justice portfolio's principal functional areas included:

- Victoria Police, responsible for the preservation of peace, the protection of life and property, and the prevention and detection of crime;

- Fire and Emergency Services, responsible for the prevention and suppression of fires in metropolitan and country areas, and for providing services and training for natural disaster, emergency rescue, and civil defence activities;

- Correctional Services, responsible for operating the adult corrections system;

- the Police and Emergency Services Directorate, responsible for the co-ordination of policies and programs to maintain law and order and prevent and minimise the effects of fire and other emergencies;

- Courts and Tribunal Services, responsible for the administration of the court system (comprising Supreme, County, Magistrates', Coroner's and Children's Courts) and tribunals including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal;

- Information Registries, comprising the Land Titles Office and the Registry for Births, Deaths and Marriages, responsible for providing registration and information services regarding land dealings and ownership and births, deaths and marriages in Victoria;

- Legislation Advice and Policy, responsible for the provision of advice on law reform, legislative program and associated legal policy;

- the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, responsible for drafting of legislation;

- the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, responsible for provision of legal advice to the Government and its agencies;

- the Fair Trading and Business Affairs Division (Fair Trading Victoria from 2002), responsible for maintaining an effective framework for Fair Trading in Victoria and for providing an effective business licensing and registration function; and

- the Corporate Resources Division, providing management and administrative support to the Department.

Office of Women's Affairs

As a function of government, women's affairs evolved within the Premier's portfolio out of the promotion of equal opportunity under the Equal Opportunity Act 1977.

Until 1992 the Co-ordinator of Women's Affairs within the Department of the Premier (VA 2717) and its successor the Women's Policy Co-ordination Unit in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039) was responsible for:

- provision of policy advice to the Premier on issues affecting the status of women,
- monitoring and reviewing policies and programs which impact on women,
- co-ordinating and monitoring the activities of agencies with the view to improve the status of women,
- assisting agencies to enhance service delivery to women,
- co-ordinating Victoria's responses to committees and inter-national agencies on women's issues,
- representation of Victoria on Commonwealth-State committees,
- the annual Women's Budget report,
- the register of women interested in appointment to government boards and committee; and
- liaison with non-government organisations providing services to women.

As part of machinery of government changes introduced in October 1992 the Women's Policy Co-ordination Unit was transferred to the Department of Justice and these functions became the responsibility of the Office of Women's Affairs.

Following the election of the new Labor government in September 1999, in January 2000 the Office of Women's Affairs was moved to the Department of Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039) and renamed the Office of Women's Policy (OWP) to reflect its whole-of-government policy approach. In December 2002 the OWP transferred to the newly created Department of Victorian Communities (VA 4562).

Community Council Against Violence

The Community Council Against Violence was established in 1989 to provide advice to Government about violence in the community. The Council was reconstituted and relaunched by the Attorney-General in 1993 with agreement from Cabinet. At this time the Council included three task forces: the Victims' Task Force, the Violence Against Women Task Force and the Community Safety Task Force.

From 1989 to 1991 the Council was the responsibility of the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services (VA 421). As part of machinery of government changes announced in January 1991 responsibility transferred to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039) until 1992 when the Department of Justice assumed responsibility.

Under Administrative Arrangements Order No.182 dated 5 December 2002 (Victorian Government Gazette No. S 231, 5 December 2002) the Department of Justice took over responsibility of the portfolios of gaming and racing, which were subsequently administered by the Office of Gaming and Racing and the Office of Gambling Regulation.

Abolition

On 1 January 2015, the Department of Justice was renamed Department of Justice and Regulation (DJR) (VA 5038) by Order of the Governor-in-Council under section 10 of the Public Administration Act 2004 (Victorian Government Gazette, S 432, Thursday 4 December). The name change was part of machinery-of-government changes made by the newly elected Labor Government under the leadership of Premier the Hon Daniel Andrews MP.
 
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? 1985 - ? 1997 Index to Male Prisoner Classification Numbers VPRS 11896 North Melbourne Closed
? 1996 - ? 2002 General Correspondence Files, Registry 12 Office of the Correctional Services Commissioner VPRS 15760 North Melbourne Closed
? 1996 - ? 2002 General Correspondence Files, Registry 15 CEO CORE - the Public Correctional Enterprise VPRS 15761 North Melbourne Closed
1982 - 1996 Index to Female Prisoner Classification Number Book VPRS 11899 North Melbourne Closed
1983 - 1994 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12698 North Melbourne Closed
1987 - 1993 Family Violence Prevention Committee General Correspondence Files VPRS 12778 North Melbourne Closed
1987 - cont General Correspondence Files, Registry 01 Corporate Management Division VPRS 12607 North Melbourne Closed
1989 - 2000 General Correspondence Files, Registry 02 Courts and Tribunals Division VPRS 12830 North Melbourne Closed
1992 - cont Individual Management of Male Prisoner Files VPRS 11760 North Melbourne Closed
1992 - cont Individual Management of Female Prisoner Files VPRS 11897 North Melbourne Closed
1994 - cont General Correspondence Files, Registry 10 Police and Corrections Directorate VPRS 12631 North Melbourne Closed
1995 - 1996 New Prisons Project Submissions, Briefing Notes and Related Correspondence VPRS 12701 North Melbourne Closed
1995 - cont General Correspondence Files, Registry 11 Correctional Services VPRS 12699 North Melbourne Closed
1995 - cont General Correspondence Files, Registry 6 Fair Trading and Business Affairs Division VPRS 14801 North Melbourne Closed
1996 - 1998 Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Alphabetical Series) VPRS 11510 North Melbourne Closed
1999 - 2010 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Bracks-Brumby Government [Department of Justice] VPRS 16589 North Melbourne Closed
2000 - 2000 List of General Correspondence Files, Registry 01 Corporate Management Division VPRS 12606 North Melbourne Closed
2000 - 2000 List of General Correspondence Files, Registry 10 Police and Corrections Directorate VPRS 12630 North Melbourne Closed
2000 - 2000 List of General Correspondence Files, Registry 11 Correctional Services VPRS 12700 North Melbourne Closed
2001 - 2001 List of Registry 02 Courts and Tribunals Division Correspondence Files VPRS 12831 North Melbourne Closed
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1992 - 1999 Women's affairs VF 339
1992 - 2014 Courts administration VF 297
1992 - 2014 Crown solicitor's services VF 36
1992 - 2014 Government reporting service VF 54
1992 - 2014 Solicitor-general VF 169
1992 - 2014 Community council against violence VF 333
1992 - 2014 Police VF 10
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2002 - 2014 Liquor licensing VF 94
2006 - 2014 Births, deaths and marriages VF 39
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1992 - ? 1997 Metropolitan Reception Prison VA 4107
1992 - 1996 Fairlea Female Prison VA 926
1992 - 1997 Her Majesty's Prison, Morwell River (known as Morwell River Reforestation Prison 1961 - 1997) VA 4105
1992 - 1997 Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board VA 483
1992 - 1997 His Majesty's Gaol, Pentridge (known as Pentridge Prison) VA 863
1992 - 1997 Sale Prison [also known as Sale Gaol] VA 982
1992 - 2002 Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (including 1983-1986 Assistant Government Statist, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages) VA 983
1992 - 2006 Victorian Community Council Against Violence VA 4275
1992 - 2014 Consumer Affairs Victoria (1992 - 2000 Office of Fair Trading and Business Affairs; 2000 - 2002 Consumer and Business Affairs Victoria) VA 3084
1992 - 2014 Country Fire Authority VA 482
1992 - 2014 HM Melbourne Assessment Prison (previously known as Melbourne Remand Centre) VA 4858
1993 - 2014 Equal Opportunity Commission VA 4278
1994 - 2014 Estate Agents Council VA 4214
1996 - ? 1998 Defence Reserves Re-Employment Board VA 4287
1996 - 2003 Office of the Correctional Services Commissioner VA 4276
1996 - 2003 Correctional Services (known as CORE, the Public Correctional Enterprise) VA 4367
1997 - 2014 Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board VA 4363
1998 - 2014 Business Licensing Authority VA 4213
2002 - 2012 Director of Liquor Licensing VA 4824
2003 - 2014 Corrections Victoria VA 4819
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