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The difference we want to make

Keeping Victorians safe is our number one priority.

It’s why the Victorian Government is investing in more police, more protection, and more prevention.

This Statement shows where the Victorian Government has invested, why, and what the next steps are.

Measuring our investment

The 2017 Statement included the outcomes and changes Victorians could expect to see from our investments, as well as a commitment to measuring our progress.

The outcomes framework details priority outcomes, including measures to track our progress. Where possible, the framework uses measures that are already collected and validated. These include the Crime Statistics Agency’s crime data, the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services, and the Victorian Public Sector Commission’s People Matter Survey.

How progress will be assessed

Going forward, the Government will use data from the 2016/17 financial year as the benchmark to measure progress against the outcomes. The Government is also working with Victoria Police on options for developing appropriate targets for the measures.

A continuous improvement approach

Since the outcomes framework was presented in the Community Safety Statement 2017, new (or replacement) indicators have been integrated into the framework to better represent Victoria Police’s contribution to community safety. These are marked with an * in the outcomes framework.

This outcomes framework will continue to evolve with new indicators or measures in response to factors such as changing priorities or new data sources becoming available. The Government will work with Victoria Police on developing ways to better measure the progress of outcomes. While new data sources are developed, future Community Safety Statements will use descriptive information to demonstrate the impact of initiatives.

In addition, the Crime Statistics Agency is developing a measure of the harm caused by crime that will be integrated into the framework when it is complete. This will enable the Government to identify the crimes that cause most harm and track how they change in response to Victoria Police activities. 

Keeping us accountable

To ensure that the Victorian Government and Victoria Police are publicly accountable for delivering the commitments in the Community Safety Statement, in April 2017, the Victorian Government created the role of Community Safety Trustee.

The Trustee is overseeing the implementation of the Community Safety Statements and also provides independent, expert advice about community safety to the Minister for Police.

You can read more about the Community Safety Trustee and read the Trustee reports on the Department of Justice and Regulation website.

Outcomes framework

Reducing Harm

Outcome

Victorians live free from crime

Indicator

Enhanced public perceptions of safety

Measure

  • Proportion of Victorians who felt safe home alone during the night
  • Feelings of safety walking alone in your neighbourhood
  • Proportion of Victorians who felt safe or very safe travelling on public transport

Indicator

Reduction in harm rates *

Measure

  • Reduction in reported high harm crimes (to commence in 2019)

Indicator

Reduction in repeat calls for attendance

Measure

  • Reduction in repeat victimisation for crimes against the person

Outcome

Threats are identified and prevented

Indicator

Reduction in harm on Victoria’s roads; including a decrease in total reported road trauma

Measures

  • Total reported road fatalities in vehicle collisions
  • Total persons reported injured in vehicle collisions

Indicator

Increased identification and removal of high-risk drivers from our roads

Measures

  • Number of seized vehicles related to hooning
  • Number of licence cancellations for drink driving offences
  • Number of licence cancellations for drug driving offences

Indicator

Prevention of high harm crime *

Measures

  • The number of firearm prohibition orders issued
  • The number of firearms and firearm related items seized related to firearm prohibition orders
  • Number and weight of drug seizures in relation to drug trafficking
  • Contravention of family violence intervention orders
  • Reduction of repeat victims of family violence
Increasing connection to the community

Outcome

Victorians trust that Victoria Police will keep them and their property safe

Indicator

Increased proportion of people who agree or strongly agree that ‘police treat people fairly and equally’

Measure

  • Proportion of people who agree or strongly agree that ‘police treat people fairly and equally’
  • Satisfaction of those who had contact with police in the previous 12 months

Outcome

Communities are listened to and involved

Indicator

Improved community satisfaction with and confidence in police

Measure

  • General satisfaction with services provided by police

Outcome

Victoria Police has a highly visible presence in, and strong connection with, the community

Indicator

Increased number of frontline shifts

Measure

  • Number of additional police sworn in above attrition and equivalent shifts this equates to
  • Number of crime scenes attended by crime scene officers

Indicator

Increased use of communication channels between Victoria Police and the community *

Measure

  • Uptake in PAL/OLR services (from introduction in 2019)

Indicator

Increased community engagement *

Measure

  • Number of interactions between police and members of the community (data available from 2019)
Putting victims first

Outcome

Victims and witnesses are supported

Indicator

Improved levels of victims' satisfaction with police service

Measure

  • Satisfaction of those who had contact with police in the previous 12 months

Outcome

Vulnerable children and young people are kept safe

Indicator

Improved responsiveness for victims of family violence *

Measure

  • Contravention of family violence intervention orders
  • Proportion of affected persons receiving referrals

Outcome

Vulnerable women and children live free from violence and abuse

Indicator

Reduction in repeat victimisation

Measure

  • Reduction of repeat victims of family violence
Holding offenders to account

Outcome

Offenders understand the consequences of, and are held accountable for, their actions

Indicator

Family violence reoffending will be eliminated - consistent with Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change

Measure

  • Proportion of unique perpetrators to family violence incidents

Outcome

Serious offenders are monitored

Indicator

Reduction in offences by people on police bail

Measure

  • Reduction of number of indictable offences while on bail

Indicator

Increased use of legislative powers including those relating to asset confiscation, unlawful associations, unexplained wealth, and licensing

Measure

  • Increase number of restraining orders referred to the Office of Public Prosecutions in relation to asset confiscation

Outcome

Offenders change their behaviour

Indicator

Reduction in youth reoffending

Measure

  • Number of youth referrals
Improving Victoria Police capability, culture and technology

Outcome

Victoria has a modern police force that reflects the community

Indicator

Greater workforce diversity in gender, cultural background and disability

Measure

  • Increase in the number and percentage of women in Victoria Police
  • Number and % of employees who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Number and % of employees who identify themselves as having a disability
  • Number and % of employees who identify themselves as CALD

Outcome

Victoria’s police force has a culture of fairness and respect, is just, and calls out bad behaviour

Indicator

Reduction in substantiated complaints against Victoria Police

Measure

  • Number of substantiated complaints against Victoria Police over 5 years

Indicator

Increased wellbeing of Victoria Police employees *

Measure

  • Reduced average time to return to work for personnel with mental injury / stress leave

Indicator

Increase in overall job satisfaction for the Victoria Police workforce

Measure

  • Proportion of staff who report they are satisfied with their job

Outcome

Victoria Police delivers evidence-based initiatives and interventions

Indicator

Increased detection of crime and reoffending using technology

Measure

  • Offenders identified through automatic number plate recognition technology