A police officer or protective services officer may apply for a review of certain decisions made by the Chief Commissioner or his or her delegate (Victoria Police Act 2013, s.146).
Which decisions are open to review?
How to apply for a review
An application for review must be made using the applicable form published by the PRSB (s.147).
You can find the relevant application forms here.
An application for review must be lodged within 3 days (in the case of a directed transfer under s.35) or 14 days (other decisions) of the day on which you were notified of the decision. Where the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday the application must be made by the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday. An extension of time may be granted in exceptional circumstances (s.164).
You may be represented by any person other than a legal practitioner. (s.158(2))
The PRSB conducts reviews in accordance with Division 2 of Part 8 of the Victoria Police Act 2013. The PRSB has published a Practice Note: Reviews under s.156A of the Act. It sets out requirements for the process and timeframes for conducting a review:
- how to make an application
- lodging and serving submissions and other documents
- issues to be addressed in submissions
- how to apply to close a hearing or omit information from published decisions.
About the hearing
Review hearings are open public unless otherwise ordered. You can find forthcoming review hearings in the Review Hearing List.
Termination or dismissal reviews are conducted by three members of the Review Division (one must be the President or Deputy President and one a legal practitioner of at least five years standing).
Other hearings: A single member of the Review Division or two members (one must be the President or Deputy President).
The PRSB’s decision are required to published on the Board’s website, unless the Board determines it is not in the public interest to do so (s. 154A).
You can search published decisions by name, subject matter and decision type here.
See the Victoria Police Act 2013 (Part 8) or contact PRSB Secretary on (03) 9600 4288.