Role statement - 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. The department 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.

The department delivers its services to the community in seven regions throughout Victoria – Loddon Mallee, Hume, South East Metropolitan, Gippsland, Barwon South West, Grampians and 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

The 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


Critical task alignment / activity source



Develops policies 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


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



Supports EMV to co-ordinate whole of government policy and planning for emergency management

1.1, 1.2, 3.2


Response (including Relief)


Provides the initial response capability for emergencies within prisons

3.1, 3.2


DJCS is the lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional area of courts, corrections and consumer affairs, as shown in the Response Support table (Table 10)

Response Support table


Supports EMV and the EMC for emergency response management (predominantly response co-ordination for major emergencies)



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



Provides support resources to ICCs and RCCs, 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


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





DJCS is the lead agency for undertaking the assessment, restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public buildings and assets where DJCS is the manager of that building or asset

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


Supports EMV and the EMC for the co-ordination of emergency relief and recovery services at state level



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



Assurance and Learning


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