- The role of the Council is to provide advice on:
- the identification of themes, trends and patterns that may be emerging, including regional issues
- legislative issues
- proposed law reform activities.
- The Coronial Council of Victoria is obliged to act in a way that:
- does not impinge on the independence of coroners’ decision-making and investigation of death as well as the role of the State Coroner
- delivers strategic advice reflecting the changing physical, social and political environment to foster a modern and responsive coronial system
- promotes and strengthens different relationships including collaboration between agencies across the service system
- focuses on advice to strengthen services to families and improve the prevention role of the coroner
- ensures that the views of bereaved families are reflected in the development of advice
- complements existing governance structures in the State coronial system (for example, the VIFM Council)
- promotes transparency, accessibility and accountability regarding the functions of the Victorian coronial system.
Dr Freckelton was appointed for a fourth term to the Coronial Council in May 2014.