Child Protection (Offender Reporting – Publication of Information) Amendment Bill
6 December 2013
The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) wishes to provide some comments with respect to the Child Protection (Offender Reporting – Publication of Information) Amendment Bill (‘the Bill). It is noted that the Bill proposes amendments to the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 and the Dangerous Prisoner’s (Sexual Offender’s) Act 2003 that provides for the publication of the personal information of sex offenders. This necessarily impacts on their right to privacy. It is noted that the Explanatory Notes to the Bill contend that the adverse effects on this right to privacy is justified with reference to community protection considerations.
OIC has provided the attached submission discussing this issue for the consideration of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee.