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Victims Register

Registering with the Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Victims Register

Who is eligible to be placed on the QCS Victims Register?

To be eligible for registration, a person must be:

  • the actual victim of a violent or sexual offence for which an offender has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment (unless it is a wholly suspended sentence) or who is a supervised dangerous prisoner (sexual offender);
  • an immediate family member of a deceased victim of a violent or sexual offence;
  • if the victim of a violent or sexual offence is under 18 years or has a legal incapacity, the victim's parent or guardian.

Who else may register?

A person who does not meet the above registration criteria may still be considered for placement on the QCS Victims Register if the person can demonstrate:

  • a documented history of violence against them by an offender e.g. a current Domestic Violence Order; or
  • that their life or physical safety may be endangered due to a connection to the offence for which an offender has been imprisoned e.g. they may have given evidence against the offender in a court proceeding.

Who is considered to be an 'immediate family member'?

The Corrective Services Act 2006 defines 'immediate family member' as a person's spouse, child, stepchild, parent, step-parent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, grandparent or legal guardian. In the case of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, extended family relationships may also be recognised.

The victim may nominate another person to receive information on their behalf.

If a victim of crime would like to nominate another person, such as a friend or family member (known as a nominee), to receive the information about the offender on their behalf, they should indicate this when applying for inclusion on the QCS Victims Register. A victim can also nominate a government or non-government agency to receive information on their behalf if that entity agrees e.g. children under the care of the Department of Communities - Child Safety or Justice Groups.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or require a hard copy application form, please contact the QCS Victims Register on FREECALL 1800 098 098 or email victims.register@dcs.qld.gov.au

The Application process:

Upon receipt of a completed Form 49 - Application to Register with the Queensland Corrective Services Victims Register, the QCS Victims Register must establish the legislative basis and eligibility status of the applicant.

The QCS Victims Register may contact the following sources to seek further information or clarification to assist in the application process:

  • Queensland Police Service;
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions;
  • Magistrates Court.

If a victim has any questions regarding the application process, please contact the QCS Victims Register on FREECALL 1800 098 098 or email victims.register@dcs.qld.gov.au

Outcome of an Application:

Once an application has been approved and processed, the victim or their nominee will receive a letter from the QCS Victims Register confirming their registration as an eligible person. This letter will also provide information about the prisoner's/offender's sentence, release and eligibility dates and the location where incarcerated or supervised by Probation and Parole.

The QCS Victims Register will write to the eligible person and advise them of changes to the prisoner's/offender's circumstances. It is important to note that an eligible person will be advised of a change after it has taken place.

If a person is ineligible for registration, the reasons why the application was unsuccessful will be provided.



Last updated: 10 November 2016