The previous government entered into a 3 year contract with G4S in May 2013 to introduce new electronic monitoring technology for the supervision of some of the most dangerous offenders in Victoria, including serious sex offenders subject to a supervision order living in the community, including at Corella Place.
On 1 September 2016 then Corrections Minister Steve Herbert told Parliament:
“Corrections Victoria is currently undertaking a procurement process for the next electronic monitoring contract. As a part of this process the most advanced technology available is being sought….”
Today in Question Time, Corrections Minister Gayle Tierney revealed that the new contract and associated updated technology has yet to be agreed with the procurement process ongoing.
Reports that the electronic monitoring system recently failed because of a network outage means the whereabouts and activities of some high risk sex offenders maybe unknown for the period the system is down.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, Edward O’Donohue:
“By their dithering and delays, Daniel Andrews and his incompetent Corrections Minister, Gayle Tierney, are putting community safety at risk.
“Victoria lacks the latest sex offender electronic monitoring technology because Daniel Andrews hasn’t bothered to finish a tender process that commenced two years ago.
“Fixing the broken justice system simply hasn’t been a priority for Daniel Andrews as it lurches from crisis to crisis.
“Only Matthew Guy and the Liberal Nationals Coalition have a clear plan to make Victoria safe.”