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Justice Assurance and Review Office

The Justice Assurance and Review Office (JARO), formerly the Office of Correctional Services Review, is a business unit within the Department of Justice & Regulation (the department). It exists to assist the Secretary to fulfil his statutory obligations under the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic) and the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic).

JARO is separate and independent from the department’s Youth Justice and Corrections divisions and acts as an additional line of defence against emerging and enduring risk within both systems.

The unit operates as an internal review and assurance function to advise the Secretary on the performance of youth justice precincts, youth justice community services, prisons, Community Correctional Services and prisoner transport services. JARO provides the Secretary with current, objective information on areas of risk, the adequacy of existing controls and opportunities for improvement.

JARO also administers the Independent Prison Visitor Scheme, on behalf of the Minister for Corrections.

JARO’s role complements the external independent oversight functions provided by the Victorian Ombudsman, the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, the Victorian Auditor-Generals Office and the Coroners Court of Victoria

JARO works closely with the Department's Justice Health and People and Culture units and liaises with Victoria Police (External link) the Coroner's Court of Victoria (External link) and the Victorian Ombudsman (External link)