10 Feb 2015

Plans for register of deported criminals

2:30 pm on 10 February 2015

The Government wants to escalate plans for a register of criminals deported from Australia to New Zealand.

Amy Adams

Justice Minister Amy Adams Photo: SUPPLIED

Justice Minister Amy Adams said New Zealanders who were released from prison in Australia and returned here were not currently officially monitored.

Police and the Department of Corrections have been working on setting up a formal information sharing process with their Australian counterparts for more than a year.

Ms Adams said she wanted to prioritise that.

"It certainly doesn't make sense to me that a criminal released perhaps from a murder charge or in a life sentence in New Zealand is subject to reasonably consistent oversight and monitoring whereas someone deported from Australia for the same offence might not be."

Ms Adams said she wanted that work advanced as much as possible.