The Restraining Orders and Other Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016

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The Restraining Orders and Other Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016

The Restraining Orders and Other Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016 ('ROAR Bill'); and The Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 have been passed by both Houses of Parliament.

1. The Restraining Orders and Other Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016 ('ROAR Bill') (Thursday, 17 November 2016).

2. The Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Wednesday, 16 November 2016).

The Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, among other things, introduces a new expanded definition of 'victim' for the purposes of eligibility to make a Victim Impact Statement. The definition has been broadened to include both the primary victim and a member of the primary victim's immediate family, whether or not that family member has suffered personal harm as a result of the offence. The Bill also enables 'Post Sentence Supervision Orders' to be made in relation to serious violent offenders. For prisoners who have served a fixed term sentence for certain serious violent offences (including where those offences occurred within in the context of family violence), the Prisoner's Review Board will now be able to order that, upon release, the prisoner be subject to a two year supervision order, and comply with strict conditions such as GPS monitoring.

The Department of the Attorney General will conduct an implementation process in consultation with key stakeholders. Details of this process will be forthcoming in the near future.

The final Bills are available from the WA Parliament website.