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Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Australian Government provides regular updates to the community on the development and progress of programs and services for Norfolk Island.

Legislation change updates

You can now access a legislation updates information page on the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website. This page contains information on legislative changes for Norfolk Island.

Earlier this year many of you participated in consultations with Justice Whealy to improve protections for women and children on Norfolk Island. Below is a brief summary of some of the legislative changes that resulted from this consultation. Fact sheets on these changes are located on the new legislation updates page. 

Making it easier for people to give evidence in court

The Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable People) Ordinance 2018 makes changes to a number of criminal laws in Norfolk Island.

The new laws provide better protections for witnesses who give evidence in court about certain types of crime. The amendments also remove home detention as a sentencing option for some offences, and make some changes to when and how a person’s ‘good character’ can be considered by a court.

Domestic and Personal Violence Framework
The NSW Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 now applies on Norfolk Island. The new law will help protect people who have reasonable grounds to fear domestic or personal violence.

The new arrangements will apply a modern definition of ‘domestic relationship’ with respect to domestic violence, and will extend to threats of personal violence in non-domestic situations. The new law will also mean that Norfolk Island is part of the national recognition scheme for domestic violence orders, which recognises domestic violence orders throughout Australia.

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

6 October 2018

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