The Labor Government will amend the Surveillance Devices Act 1999 to create an exception that enables police to use body-worn cameras lawfully and ensure the footage is appropriately protected.
Currently, the use of body-worn camera footage could constitute an offence if police were to inadvertently record a private conversation.
The reforms will pave the way for a subsequent Bill to support the use of body-worn cameras for recording statements in family violence matters and allow statements to be used by victims as their evidence-in-chief.
Field-testing of the cameras is expected in the first half of next year. The use of cameras will bring Victoria into line with other states, including New South Wales and Queensland, where the equipment is already in use. (Source: Premier’s Media Centre, 8 Aug 2017)