What is the declaration?
The South Australian Parliament passed a declaration of principles to govern the way public agencies and officials deal with victims of crime. The principles, which are often called rights, are not enforceable in criminal or civil proceedings; do not give rise to any right to damages for breach; and do not affect the conduct of criminal proceedings. Public agencies and officials, however, are required to have regard, and to give effect, to the principles so far as it is practicable to do so having regard to the other obligations binding on them.
The Declaration of Principles is available in two formats. The Declaration of Principles (simple) is an "easy-read" or "plain English" version. The Declaration of Principles (detailed) is the full version as it appears in the Victims of Crime Act 2001.