Proposed move-on powers a risk for homeless Victorians

4 February 2014
Proposed changes to police move-on powers could impact harshly on homeless Victorians, particularly rough sleepers

The Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013 amends the Summary Offences Act by giving the police and PSOs greater powers to direct people to move-on from public places and introducing ‘exclusion orders’ which could see people banned from public places for up to 12 months.

By necessity, people experiencing homelessness live their lives in public places. They are more likely to commit offences such as drinking in public, because they don’t have a private place to do these things.  Unlike the rest of us who could go home if told to move-on, homeless people have no-where else to go. This makes it more likely that they’ll contravene the move-on order and face criminal sanctions.

Homeless Law is calling on the Government to consider the potential impact of these changes on homeless members of the community and not to pass the Bill in its current form.   

Read our submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee below.

Homeless Law Submission - Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill (3 February 2014).pdf