Consumer Action welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Victorian Government’s exposure draft – Crime Amendment (Identity Crime) Bill 2008.
We support the Bill’s proposals to provide for new and clear criminal offences related to identity crime. This submission will focus on the reforms in the Bill to amend the Sentencing Act 1991 and the Magistrates’ Court Act 1989 to allow victims of identity fraud to restore their reputation and credit history by obtaining a certificate from the court. Although Consumer Action supports the Bill’s attempts to protect and assist victims of identity fraud, we are concerned about the actual process of obtaining this certificate and the lack of requirements on financial institutions to acknowledge it. Our comments are detailed more fully below.
To read our submission, click here: Crime Amendment (identity crime) Bill 2008 – exposure draft.