Updated figures on sex offenders in region unavailable

FIGURES on the number of convicted sex offenders living in the Gladstone region aren't available because the Queensland Police Service only releases statewide information.

The Observer reported in late 2013 that police were keeping track of 53 sex offenders and pedophiles in the region.

When attempting to get updated figures, The Observer was told the 2013 figures had been released in error.

The Queensland Police Service doesn't release the figures on a regional basis because of legislation governing privacy.

A senior police spokeswoman said today that the number of registered sex offenders in Queensland was only available as a statewide total.

As at July 31, 3169 offenders were recorded on Queensland's component of the National Child Offender Register.

In an official statement to the newspaper police said:

"On 1 January 2005 the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 commenced in Queensland, establishing the Queensland component of the Australian National Child Offender Register. 

"The system is now known as the National Child Offender Register.

"The Queensland Police Service has a responsibility to ensure that access to and disclosure of personal information in the register is restricted to the greatest extent possible without interfering with the purpose of the Act.

"The legislation concerned prohibits the disclosure of the requested information.

"While an appropriate response was provided to The Gladstone Observer in 2013, through an administrative error additional information that should not have been disclosed was inadvertently released to the newspaper at the same time."

The Justice Department also confirmed that the Gladstone region has no offenders residing here who are subject to orders made under the Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offenders Act.

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