Registration for Victims of Crime inrelation to Community Service Orders and Bonds

The information requested on this form will be used to assist the Departrnent to confirm your registration details. This information will be in the STRICTEST OF CONFIDENCE. Under no circumstances will your registration details be released to the offender.

Please complete as much of this form as you can.

If Applicant is under 18 -

Contact Numbers

OFFENDER DETAILS

Please include copies of any documentation that may assist in confirming your application details (eg. Restraining Order/Affidavit) when submitting this form.

If there are multiple offenders,please complete a separate application form for each offender.

Information for victims of crime in relation to community service orders and bonds

The Department for Correctional Services upholds the principles Restorative Justice; recognising the rights and needs of victims of crime and offender accountability. In the spirit of the harm caused by crime, offenders are provided the opportunity to accept responsibility through action and reparation. Legislation maintains victims' rights to information and ensures offender accountability, thereby confidence in the criminal justice system.

Eligibility

In accordance with the Victims of Crime Act if you are a victim of crime and the offender is serving a Community Service Order or Bond, you are eligible to apply for information about the order or bond.

Section 8 (2) of the Victims of Crime Act 2001 states a victim should be informed, on request:

(e) if the offender was ordered to undertake community service-- whether the offender completed the community service; and

(f) If the offender was subject to a bond- whether the conditions of the bond were complied with.

To register as a victim of crime and receive information about an offender on a community service order or bond, you are required to demonstrate:

  • that you are the victim of the offence for which the offender has received the order or bond
  • that the offender serving the order or bond is under the supervision of the Department for Correctional Services

What is a Community Service Order?

A Community Service is available as a primary penalty or as an alternative to imprisonment by default (where a defendant has been unable to pay a fine). Community service is arranged and supervised through Correctional Services. Community service orders may be varied by the court (not extending more than 6 months) and the Minister for Correctional Services has the power to waiver up to 10 unperformed hours of community service.

What is a Bond?

If a court considers that there are good reasons, it may order the reLease of the defendant based upon their entering into a promise (recognisance or bond) to be of good behaviour for such period as the coun: thinks fit (usually betweensix months and three years). A Bond may also include community service and a range of other conditions. Guarantors may be required to ensure compliance, however, if there is a historlj of non-compliance, payment of a sum of money may be ordered by the court or an alternative penalty imposed. The court may also vary or discharge a Bond.

What happens if I register?

Upon receiving your application in relation to a community service order or a bond, your details will be confirmed and you will receive an acknowledgment letter. Upon completion or discharge of the order or bond, you will receive a final letter of advice and your application in relation to the order or bond will be deregistered.

Where the court varies (extends) the order or bond, you will not be notified until the order or bond is completed. However, if the offender breaches the order or bond and the matter is returned to court, you will be notified about the breach including court details. At the expiry of the order or bond, your application in relation to that order or bond will be deregistered. However, you are welcome to reapply if the court imposes a new community service order or bond.

How to Register

Please complete and sign the application form. If you are experiencing difficulties with your application, please contact the Victims Register on 8226 9067 or 8226 9704. Before sending your application, separate this Fact Sheet (for your future reference) and return the application form to:

Victims Register
Department for Correctional Services
GPO Box 1747
ADELAIDE 5001

Telephone: (08)8226 9067 or (08)8226 9704

Are you Eligible to register as a Victim of Crime in relation to a Community Service Order or Bond?

In order to register as a victim of crime, in relation to Community Service Orders and Bonds, and be placed on the Department for Correctional Services' Victims Register, the Register will need to establish:

  • that you are a victim of a criminal offence fo which the offender has received a Bond or Order
  • that the person you wish to register against is under the supervision of the Department for Correctional Services

How to Register

Please complete and sign the Application Form. If you cannot complete all the details, please contact the Victims Register for assistance. Please forward any supporting documents that may assist the Register in confirming your application - for example affidavits or restraining orders.

Special Needs

If you have any special needs that you would like to discuss, please contact the Victims Register.

Victims Under 18 years

If the applicant is under the age of 18 years, we require details of the parent, guardian or representative who will receive any information from the Victims Register on the child's behalf.

Registration

When the Victims Register receives your application, your details will be checked with South Australian Police Victim Contact Officers to confirm that you are the victim of the offence/s.

If there is any difficulty in confirming your registration, the Victims Register will contact you and may ask for further information or clarification of information that you have provided.

Once your registration is confirmed by SAPOL, the Victims Register will write to you confirming your registration. If we are unable to register you we will write to you explaining the reasons why you cannot be registered.

Victims Register
Department for Correctional Services
GPO Box 171+7
ADELAIDE 5001

Telephone: (08)8226 9067 or 9704