New bail laws proposed for Victoria.

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The Victorian government will introduce new legislation to reform the Bail Act 1977, making it fairer for vulnerable people and those accused of low-level offences, while still taking a tough approach to those who pose a serious risk to the community.

The reforms will include:

  • Abolishing the "double uplift" provision, which made it more difficult for people who had committed an offence while on bail to be granted bail for a new offence.
  • Repealing the bail offences of "breaching bail conditions" and "committing further offences while on bail", which have been shown to disproportionately impact women, children and Aboriginal people.
  • Introducing remand-prohibited offences, which will mean that people are not remanded in custody for offences that are unlikely to result in a prison sentence.
  • Changing the rules on making a second bail application, so that people do not need to prove new facts and circumstances if their first application is denied.
  • Implementing a presumption of bail for children, with exceptions for certain crimes such as terrorism and homicide offences.
  • Requiring bail decision makers to record how they have considered specific, self-determined Aboriginal considerations when making a decision about bail for an Aboriginal person.

For additional information:

View the Victorian Government media release
View the Bail Amendment Bill 2023