As Australia's largest consumer advocacy organisation, CHOICE has an interest in how changes to the national corporate criminal responsibility regime affect victims of such behaviours. We support reforms that either benefit or protect consumers from the ill effects of corporate wrongdoing.
These reforms include changes to court powers to better facilitate the compensation of victims of criminal conduct and civil penalty provision contraventions by corporations, as well as the proposal to permit courts, when sentencing a corporation for a Commonwealth offence, to consider victim impact statements made by a representative on behalf of a group of victims and/or a corporation that has suffered economic loss as a result of the offence.
Download submission (PDF)
- Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on the Corporate Criminal Responsibility Discussion Paper (219kb)
Stock images: Getty, unless otherwise stated.