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Proposed model for a deferred prosecution agreement scheme in Australia

Consultation

Closing date

Submissions for this consultation closed on Monday, 1 May 2017

On 31 March 2017, the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, released a public consultation paper on a proposed model for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) scheme. A DPA scheme is a key focus of the Australian Government’s consideration of options to facilitate a more effective and efficient response to corporate crime by encouraging greater self-reporting by companies.

Under a DPA scheme, where a company has engaged in a serious corporate crime, prosecutors would have the option to invite the company to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions. The terms of the DPA would likely require the company to cooperate with any investigation, pay a financial penalty, admit to agreed facts, and implement a program to improve future compliance. A company would not be prosecuted in relation to the matters outlined in the DPA where the company fulfils its obligations under the agreement.

Consultation paper

A proposed model for a deferred prosecution agreement scheme in Australia

Consultation
In 2017, the consultation paper - Improving enforcement options for serious corporate crime.  A proposed model for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme in Australia, was released for public comment.

Submissions

Submissions received for the Proposed model for a deferred prosecution agreement scheme in Australia consultation

Submission
Submissions for this consultation paper closed on 1 May 2017. We received 18 responses from a broad range of stakeholders, with one withheld from publication at the request of the author.

Contact details

If you experience issues accessing any of these submissions, please contact criminal.law@ag.gov.au for assistance in providing an alternate version.

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