Legislation that would extend supervision orders for child sex offenders for more than 10 years has passed its first reading in Parliament.
The first such orders from 2005 are due to run out next year, after which the Corrections Department would not be able to manage those offenders in the community.
Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says the changes would allow Corrections to renew supervision orders as often as needed.
Their scope would also go beyond high-risk child sex offenders to include high-risk sex offenders and very high-risk violent offenders.
The legislation received cross-party support.