Victorian criminals will face tougher bail laws, with the completion of reforms sparked by Melbourne's Bourke Street tragedy.
Senior police will be able to remand a person in custody for up to 48 hours – until a court can hear their application for bail – under the changes due to come into force today.
The measures will also strengthen the tests for people to be granted bail, with decision-makers encouraged to take into account a person's potential risk to community safety.
The changes are the second set of bail reforms to come into effect, with the first round of amendments implemented in May.
The reform is part of the Victorian government's response to a 2017 review of the state's bail system, prompted by the Bourke St rampage which killed six people when a car was driven through a busy lunchtime crowd.
But it won't only be Victoria's alleged crooks who will feel the impact of legal changes as the new financial year gets under way.
People will be able to claim $50 if they register for the state government's energy supplier comparison site, Victorian Energy Saver.
A new feed-in tariff for those with solar panels will also take effect, to improve payment levels for power fed into the energy grid.
Rubbish collection could cost more, with the state government ending its assistance for councils, who will take over costs.
Those in the market for a new pet will find they can only purchase direct from a breeder, rather than through a shop.
Pet stores will now only be able to sell dogs older than six months and cats older than eight weeks, sourced from registered pounds, animal shelters or enrolled foster carers.
Australian Associated Press