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The Victims of Crime Commissioner is an independent statutory appointment of the ACT Attorney-General. The position is established pursuant to section 7 of the Victims of Crime Act 1994

Functions of the Commissioner

The statutory functions of the Victims of Crime Commissioner are set out in section 11 of the Act.

Section 11 - Functions

The commissioner has the following functions in connection with the administration of justice:

(a) to manage the victims services scheme and any other program for the benefit of victims;

(b) to advocate for the interests of victims;

(c) to monitor and promote compliance with the governing principles;

(d) to ensure concerns and formal complaints about non-compliance with the governing principles are dealt with promptly and effectively;

(e) to ensure the provision of efficient and effective services for victims;

(f) to consult on and promote reforms to meet the interests of victims;

(g) to develop educational and other programs to promote awareness of the interests of victims;

(h) to distribute information about the operation of this Act and the commissioner’s functions;

(i) to ensure that victims receive information and assistance they need in connection with their involvement in the administration of justice;

(j) to encourage and facilitate cooperation between agencies involved in the administration of justice with respect to victims;

(k) to advise the Minister on matters relating to the interests of victims;

(l) any other function given to the commissioner under this Act or another territory law.

Note: A provision of a law that gives an entity (including a person) a function also gives the entity powers necessary and convenient to exercise the function (see Legislation Act, s 196 and dict, pt 1, def entity).