Children (Protection and Parental Responsibility) Act 1997 No 78
Current version for 10 September 2012 to date (accessed 18 December 2014 at 21:29)
Part 4

Part 4 Local crime prevention

Division 1 Preliminary

30   Objects of Part

The objects of this Part are:
(a)  to work towards a safer environment by fostering community involvement in the development of local crime prevention plans prepared on the initiative of local government councils (with the assistance, at the request of the councils, of the Attorney General) for measures to be taken within their areas to reduce crime, and
(b)  to assist in the funding of the development of safer community compacts and of certain initiatives under safer community compacts through grants made by the Attorney General.

Division 2 Preparation of plans

31   Preparation of draft local crime prevention plans

(1)  A council for an area may prepare a draft local crime prevention plan for the area.
Note. 

Area is defined in section 3 to include part of an area.

(2)  The Attorney General may, at the request of a council, give the council assistance in preparing a draft local crime prevention plan.
(3)  The council for an area may take such steps as it considers appropriate or necessary to publicise its intention to prepare a draft local crime prevention plan and may seek and consider submissions from members of the community of the area and the public generally.

32   Guidelines

The Attorney General may from time to time issue guidelines with respect to the preparation and content of local crime prevention plans.

33   Content of draft local crime prevention plan

Without limiting the matters for which a local crime prevention plan may make provision, it may include provisions relating to the following:
(a)  Aboriginal community development,
(b)  non-English speaking background community development,
(c)  crime prevention,
(d)  drug and alcohol management,
(e)  open space planning and management,
(f)  parental education and family support programs,
(g)  youth development strategies,
(h)  consultation,
(i)  arrangements for reporting and co-ordination,
(j)  any matter specified in guidelines issued by the Attorney General.

34   Public notice of draft local crime prevention plans

(1)  A council must give public notice of a draft local crime prevention plan and place it on public exhibition in accordance with this section.
(2)  The period of public exhibition of the draft plan must not be less than 28 days.
(3)  The public notice must specify a period of not less than 42 days after the date on which the draft plan is placed on public exhibition during which submissions may be made to the council.
(4)  The council must, in accordance with its notice, publicly exhibit the draft plan together with any other matter that it considers appropriate or necessary to better enable the draft plan and its implications to be understood.

35   Adoption of local crime prevention plan

(1)  After considering all submissions received by it concerning the draft local crime prevention plan, the council may decide to amend the draft plan or to adopt it without amendment as a local crime prevention plan for the area or part of the area concerned.
(2)  If the council decides to amend the draft plan, it may publicly exhibit the amended plan or it may adopt the amended draft plan without public exhibition as a local crime prevention plan for the area or part of the area concerned.

36   Duration of local crime prevention plan

Unless it is sooner revoked, a local crime prevention plan has effect for such period as is specified by the council when it adopts the plan.

37   Amendment or revocation of local crime prevention plan

(1)  The council may, at any time, amend or revoke a local crime prevention plan adopted by it.
(2)  The council may, but is not required to, publicly exhibit any proposed amendment to the plan before adopting the amendment.

38   Public availability of local crime prevention plans

(1)  Within 14 days after adopting a local crime prevention plan for an area, the council is to publish the plan in:
(a)  a newspaper circulating generally in the area, and
(b)  the Gazette.
(2)  Within 14 days after amending or revoking a local crime prevention plan, the council is to give notice of the revocation, or cause a copy of the amendments to be published in:
(a)  a newspaper circulating generally in the area, and
(b)  the Gazette.

Division 3 Safer community compacts

39   Approval of local crime prevention plan

(1)  The Attorney General may, at the request of a council for an area, approve a draft local crime prevention plan prepared, or local crime prevention plan adopted, by the council as a safer community compact.
(2)  In deciding whether to approve a draft local crime prevention plan prepared, or local crime prevention plan adopted, by a council, as a safer community compact the Attorney General is to have regard to the following:
(a)  whether the plan was prepared in accordance with, and has contents consistent with, any guidelines issued by the Attorney General under section 32,
(b)  whether the contents of the plan are appropriate having regard to the extent and nature of crime in the area (or part of the area) for which it is made or proposed to be made,
(c)  whether the council has adequately consulted with the local community concerned, including young people and the Aboriginal community,
(d)  the likely effect of the plan on crime and on the local community, including young people and the Aboriginal community,
(e)  any other matter the Attorney General considers relevant.
(3)  The Attorney General is to consult, and have regard to the views of, the Minister for Community Services and the Minister for Police before giving an approval under this section.
(4)  The Attorney General may approve any amendments to a plan approved under this section.

40   Effect of approval

(1)  A local crime prevention plan, or a draft local crime prevention plan that is subsequently adopted by the council, that is approved by the Attorney General as a safer community compact comprises a safer community compact for so long as the approval of it remains in force.
(2)  The Attorney General may, on application by the council for an area for which there is or is proposed to be a safer community compact, grant such financial assistance as the Attorney General considers appropriate to the council.
(3)  The financial assistance is to be provided out of money to be appropriated by Parliament or that is otherwise legally available for the purposes of this Part.
(4)  In this section:

financial assistance means assistance to cover:

(a)  expenses incurred in undertaking any initiative proposed by a safer community compact, and
(b)  any expenses incurred, or to be incurred, in developing a proposed safer community compact, or monitoring a safer community compact.

41   Council to report periodically on implementation of compact

The council of an area for which there is a safer community compact is to assess and report to the Minister, as and when required by the Minister, on the implementation, and effectiveness in reducing crime, of the compact.

42   Duration and revocation of approval

(1)  An approval of a draft local crime prevention plan, or local crime prevention plan adopted by a council, as a safer community compact remains in force (unless sooner revoked) for 3 years after it is given.
(2)  The Attorney General may revoke an approval by written notice given to the council concerned.
(3)  The Attorney General may revoke an approval:
(a)  if the Attorney General considers any provisions of the safer community compact are no longer suitable for the needs of the area to which it applies, or
(b)  if the Attorney General considers the safer community compact is not being implemented in a satisfactory manner, or
(c)  on any other ground the Attorney General considers appropriate.
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