Child protection agencies have rejected plans for a national child sex offender registry, claiming the list will not protect children and will only give power to vigilante paedophile hunters.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton revealed his plans to introduce the $7.8million measure during the federal Budget on Tuesday night.
He claimed the registry, where paedophiles’ names, aliases, photos, and the nature of the crimes would be made public, will help reduce child sex offences across the country.
The proposal, however, has raised concerns among child safety advocates who feel the idea could backfire.
‘There is no research anywhere in the world that says the proposed model works and, worse still, it gives people a false sense of security.’
A report published by the Australian Institute of Criminology in 2007 found that there was little evidence to support the system would do much to prevent offences.
Sex offender registries already exist in other countries such UK and the US – which implemented Megan’s Law in 1996, requiring authorities to publicise information on sex offenders.
However, the AIC found the law posed a number of issues including, not being able to monitor vigilantism and creating a false sense of fear and security among communities.