The vision of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is for a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria where the rule of law is upheld, and rights and responsibilities are respected.
The department leads the delivery of justice and regulation services in Victoria. It has productive partnerships with more than 60 statutory entities and has the support of more than 100,000 volunteers. It has extensive service delivery responsibilities, which range from managing the state’s prison system to providing consumer protection and enforcing court warrants.
The department manages the development and implementation of a range of laws, regulation and policy in areas across the portfolio (such as in gaming and emergency management) and ensures that all elements of the justice and regulation system are working efficiently and effectively.
The community can access a range of the department's services at our Justice Services Centres. Established to support the local community and respond effectively to the need for improved access to justice services, our centres have office locations in the following justice regions:
- Barwon South West
- Loddon Mallee
- North West Metropolitan
- South East Metropolitan
Find your closest Justice Service Centre
See a list of Local Government Areas by Department of Justice and Community Safety region
How the organisation is structured: our ministers, our Secretary, the business units and agencies within the department, and how they relate to each other.
Each year the department's annual report provides a summary of the key initiatives and activities of the department, including reports on performance, delivery of outputs and financial management.
The department's Corporate Plan 2018-22 sets out what the department will deliver over the next 4 years including its core services, its support for whole of Victorian Government priorities and the department's strategic priorities.
Our values and behaviours
The department provides professional, value for money services that are driven by our values: working together, making it happen, respecting other people, serving the community and acting with integrity.
Our values and behaviours are always on display, from service centre staff helping people resolve a consumer problem to prison officers maintaining security and safety in Victoria’s prisons.
The department’s values and commitment are demonstrated every day through the actions of our staff, whether they are working in regional areas or metropolitan offices.
Our values shape and influence ongoing training and development, performance planning, recruitment and relationships with stakeholders.
Through our approach to cultural diversity, we also strive towards an inclusive justice system that enables culturally and linguistically diverse communities to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.
Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme
The department's Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Code of Conduct outline the department's commitment to child safety and clear expectations for appropriate behaviour around children.
Code of conduct
All departmental staff must abide by the code of conduct (External link) for Victorian Public Sector employees.
Conflicts of interest
The conflicts of interest policy articulates the department's position and employee responsibilities in relation to the declaration of private interests.
The Cultural Diversity Plan ensures that our key services are accessible to individuals and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Disability Action Plan recognises that all Victorians have a right to access the justice system.
Environmental management and sustainability
The department's environmental management and sustainability policy outlines the department's commitment to and responsibilities for minimising the environmental impacts associated with its business and operations.
Gifts, benefits and hospitality
The department's gifts, benefits and hospitality policy and gifts, benefits and hospitality register address the accepting, giving, declaring and recording of gifts, benefits and hospitality and apply to staff, contractors and consultants.
Victorian Government grants, including those administered by the department, can be found on the Grants Victoria website (External link).
Yarrwul Loitjba Yapaneyepuk - Walk the Talk Together: Koori Inclusion Action Plan aims to improve access, participation and effectiveness of justice programs and services to Koories, in order to deliver improved outcomes to the Victorian Koori community.
The Koori Cultural Respect Framework underpins the Koori Inclusion Action Plan by committing to consciously build upon our cultural awareness and inclusiveness of Victoria’s Koori communities.
Through the department's Koori Employment and Career Strategy, we are building engagement and trust with the Koori community by developing a workforce that is representative of the community it serves.
The declaration of private interests policy articulates the department's position and employee responsibilities in relation to the declaration of private interests.
The Making and handling protected disclosures procedures explain how to make a disclosure about the conduct of the department or its employees.
The department's social media policy and social media video guide departmental employees and external contractors on their professional and personal use of social media.
The department's current tenders and supporting information can be found on the Victorian Government Tenders System website (External link).