CHILD PROTECTION —
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE — ROEBOURNE
645. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing
the Minister for Child Protection:
I refer to the email dated 2 July
2018 that was tabled on 15 August 2018 and the statement that to the department's
knowledge there are no registered or charged offenders in relation to Operation
Fledermaus living or having regular contact with children.
(1) What was the
number of registered offenders in relation to Operation Fledermaus that were
within the knowledge of the department at the time of the statement?
(2) What was the
number of charged offenders in relation to the operation that were within the
knowledge of the department at the time of the statement?
(3) How has the department defined ''registered
(4) How has the department defined ''charged
(5) Has the
department's knowledge of the number of registered or charged offenders
changed since 2 July?
(6) If yes to (5), what is the latest number known to
the department, and as at what date was that number known?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
Although the WA Police Force
formally ceased Operation Fledermaus on 12 March 2018, the investigative work
is continuing through the Pilbara joint response team that comprises WA police
and child protection officers.
(1) Records on
registered sex offenders are held by WA police on the Australian National Child
Offender Register, and not by the Department of Communities. Referrals are
provided to the Department of Communities by WA police only when a registered
offender is identified as living with or having regular contact with young
Department of Communities is aware of the charging of offenders through co-working
with WA police. WA police holds the up-to-date information on charged
offenders, as does the Department of Justice.
(3) ''Registered offender'' is defined pursuant
to section 557K of the Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913.
(4) A ''charged
offender'' is defined as a person who has been charged under chapter
XXXI of the Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913.
(6) Not applicable.