Role statement - Department of Justice and Community Safety

About the Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) leads the delivery of justice and community safety services in Victoria by providing policy and organisational management. Its service delivery responsibilities include managing the state’s prison system as well as providing consumer protection and enforcing court warrants. DJCS manages the development and implementation of laws, regulation and policy in areas across the portfolio (such as in gaming and emergency management) and ensures that all elements of the justice and community safety system are working efficiently and effectively.

DJCS delivers its services to the community in seven regions throughout Victoria, including:

  • Loddon Mallee
  • Hume
  • South East Metropolitan
  • Gippsland
  • Barwon South West
  • Grampians
  • North West Metropolitan.

The department is comprised of groups that cover a broad range of justice services, some of which include:

  • Aboriginal Justice
  • Community Correctional Services 
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Crime Prevention
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Fines and Enforcement Services
  • Prison management 
  • Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Sheriff’s Operations 
  • Victims Services, Support and Reform
  • Youth Justice

DJCS contributes to the broader Victorian emergency management sector through key business units:

  • Community Safety Building Authority
  • Corrections and Justice Services
  • Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and Emergency Management Commissioner’s functions
  • Regulation 
  • Service Delivery Reform, Coordination and Workplace Safety
  • Youth Justice

DJCS also provides support to mandatory quarantine within Victoria via COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria.


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Develop policy and plans to reduce the risk of harm to its people (both staff and clients), facilities, systems and services from major emergencies 

1.1, 1.3

Participate in multi-agency emergency management planning at the local, regional and state level


Support EMV to coordinate whole of government policy and planning for emergency management  

1.1, 1.2, 3.2

Response (including Relief)

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Provide the initial response capability for emergencies within prisons

3.1, 3.2

Lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional area of corrections and consumer affairs

Table 10: Support agencies for response

Support EMV and the EMC for emergency response management (predominantly response coordination for major emergencies)


Participate on emergency management teams at the local, regional and state level as required


Provide support resources to incident and regional control centres, where possible

3.2, 3.3

Provide advice, information and assistance to individuals, communities and funded agencies and councils about relevant DJCS services

11.1, 15.2

Provide resources to support relief centres, where possible

3.2, 10.1, 15.2

Coordinate outreach justice services, such as births, deaths and marriages and community work group resources as required for recovery.



Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Lead agency to assess, restore, clear and rehabilitate DJCS managed public buildings and assets

19.2, 19.4, 19.7

Community Corrections Services can support in the clean-up and restoration of communities, including waterway restoration, weed eradication, large-scale tree planting, countering soil erosion, rubbish collection, fence maintenance and other community projects 

18.4, 18.5, 19.4

Support EMV and the EMC for the coordination of emergency relief and recovery services at state level


Support EMV in the administration of the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme for Victoria


Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) for organisation of state-led public appeals

Table 14: Recovery coordination: For services across all environments

Assurance and Learning

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.