A proposal to establish a national register of child sex offenders has not yet won over Attorney-General Elise Archer, who says the state government needs to be "convinced" the reform would provide "genuine protection for victims" before it provides the necessary data to the Commonwealth.
In January, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton detailed the federal government's plan to set up a $7.8 million National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders, saying it would improve protections for children and families and deter offenders.
"It will send a clear message that Australia will not tolerate individuals preying on the most vulnerable members of the community," Mr Dutton said.
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Under the proposal, identifying information about sex offenders would be published to a website, including names, photos and general location.
"The current position of the Tasmanian government is that we would need to be convinced such a reform would provide genuine protections for victims," Ms Archer said.
The Attorney-General's comments come a week after state government legislation to introduce mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offenders passed the lower house.
Ms Archer will have the opportunity to consider the evidence for and against the proposal when a working group headed up by Home Affairs and made up of legal officials from each jurisdiction hands a report to the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management and the Council of Attorneys-General.
"In June 2019, ministers from all jurisdictions asked a national working group to assess whether a National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders is in the best interests of community safety," a Home Affairs Department spokesperson said.
"The government is committed to working with states and territories to implement evidence-based reforms that safeguard children from sexual abuse."