The impact of community notification on the management of sex offenders in the community: An Australian perspective



Laura Whitting, Andrew Day, Martine Powell

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology

August 2014





Western Australia recently passed legislation that allows information about convicted sex offenders to be disclosed to the general public. After critically appraising the rationale behind community notification, this paper considers its impact on offenders’ reintegration into the community and their subsequent risk of reoffending, its potential deterrent effect and usefulness as a management tool, and implementation issues. This discussion identifies several factors that potentially moderate the effectiveness of community notification schemes and some directions for future research and the development of policy and practices in this area.








Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee