Time to get bail changes right: Andrews

Luke Costin

The Victorian parliament resumes this week but legislation to change the state's bail system, prompted by the Bourke Street rampage, won't be on the agenda.

Premier Daniel Andrews says he'll wait for the review of the bail system by Paul Coghlan, the state's former chief prosecutor's, to ensure it is done correctly.

Mr Coghlan has until April 3 to review the entire bail system

"It's not like I'm putting this matter off, we just have to get this thing done properly," the premier told reporters on Sunday.

"You'll see us come forward almost certainly with legislative amendments following Coghlan's work.

"We should let him get on with his work."

The government has promised to change bail laws after six people died when 27-year-old Dimitrious Gargasoulas allegedly deliberately drove into pedestrians on January 20.

He had been granted bail by a volunteer bail justice, leading to immediate changes on that front.

Bail justices say, despite opposing bail on average more often than magistrates, they've been treated as scapegoats in the wake of Bourke St.

Mr Andrews says he's disappointed they feel that way, but his first concern isn't them.

"My job isn't necessarily to be out there to please them, I have to make sure that we reassert that the safety of the community comes first," he said.

"(The balance) has got out of whack - there's no doubt about that."

Since last month's tragedy, serious matters are no longer being heard in front of bail justices and a new night court with on-call magistrates has begun sitting on Saturday nights.

The opposition has questioned why the night court closes at 9pm.

Tasmania has also begun a review of its own bail system