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Research & Lobbying

Over the years, Bravehearts has actively participated in legislative review and reform, has been involved in public debate on issues surrounding the sexual assault of children and has been a contributor to both government and non-government inquiries and reviews.

Below is a list of Bravehearts’ submissions to Government and non-Government Inquiries and Reviews over the past few years. If you would like further information on any of these please contact our Research Department.

Bravehearts Submissions to Government and Non-Government Inquiries and Reviews

2016
  • Qld Attorney General, submission in relation to consultation paper on sexual Assault Counselling Privilege (18/05/2016)
  • Federal Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications, submission to the Inquiry into Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet (16/03/2016)
  • NSW Parliamentary Committee on Children and Young People, submission to the Inquiry into the Sexualisation of Children and Young People  (03/02/2016)
2015
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Consultation Paper: Advocacy and Support and Therapeutic Services  (13/11/2015)
  • Tas Department of Justice, submission in relation to Corrections Amendment (Treatment of Sex Offenders) Bill 2015 (18/09/2015)
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Consultation Paper: Addressing Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in Primary and Secondary Schools (28/08/2015)
  • Qld Supreme Court, submission in relation to issue paper on electronic recording of proceedings (08/08/2016)
  • NSW Greens, submission in relation to Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Child Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 (05/08/2015)
  • Family Law Council, submission to the inquiry into families with complex needs and the intersection of the family law and child protection systems (06/05/2015)
  • ACT Government, submission in relation to the Crimes (Child Sex Offender) Act 2005
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Consultation Paper: Redress and Civil Litigation (11/03/2015)
  • Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People (WA), submission to the Inquiry into the Functions for the Commissioner of Children and Young People  (18/02/2015)
  • South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission, submission on child protection responses in South Australia (31/01/2015)
  • Federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, submission on the Telecommunications (interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 (13/01/2015)
  • Federal Minister for Communications, submission on the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 (08/01/2015)
2014
  • Victoria Department of Justice, submission on the Exposure Draft of the Limitation of Actions Amendment (Criminal Child Abuse) Bill 2014 (15/12/2014)
  • Federal Minister for Communications, submission on the Exposure Draft of the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill (11/11/2014)
  • Federal Standing Committee on Community Affairs, submission to the Inquiry into Out of Home Care (31/10/2014)
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issue Paper 7: Statutory Victims of Crime Compensation Schemes (07/07/2014)
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issue Paper 6: Redress Schemes (02/06/2014)
  • Australian Capital Territory Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, submission on the Sentencing of Child Sexual Assault Offenders (24/03/2014)
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issue Paper 5: Civil Litigation (17/03/2014)
  • Federal Department of Communities, submission the Discussion Paper on Enhancing Online Safety for Children (13/03/2014)
  • Queensland Government, submission on the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (12/03/2014)
  • New South Wales Joint Select Committee, submission on the Sentencing of Child Sex Offenders (28/02/2014)
  • New South Wales Law Reform Commission, submission on the Question Paper 6 Parole for Young Offenders (20/01/ 2014)
2013
  • Victorian Department of Justice, submission on the Review of Sexual Offences consultation paper (02/12/2013)
  • Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, supplementary submission on Towards healing (22/11/2013)
  • Commonwealth Department of Social Services, responded to the online survey on ‘National Consultation for Proposed Perpetrator Intervention Outcome Standards for Australia’ (21/11/2013)
  • Queensland Government, provided initial feedback to the Child Protection (Offender reporting) Bill 2013(15/11/2013)
  • Queensland Government, submission Child Protection (Offender Reporting – Publication o Information) Amendment Bill 2013 (08/11/2013)
  • Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issue Paper 4: Out of Home Care (08/11/2013)
  • Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issue Paper 3: Child Safe Institutions (16/10/2013)
  • Office for Children, Tasmanian Government, submission to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill 2013 (08/10/2013)
  • New South Wales Sentencing Council, Standard Minimum Non-Parole Periods (08/10/2013)
  • Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission, submission to the legislative review of the Child Protection (Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2008 (18/09/2013)
  • Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issue Paper 2: Towards Healing (04/09/2013)
  • Queensland Government, submission to The Queensland Plan: A 30 year vision for Queensland (29/08/2013)
  • Queensland Government, feedback submitted on recommendations from the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry (26/08/2013)
  • Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issue Paper 1: Working with Children Check (07/08/2013)
  • Queensland Government, Health and Community Services Committee, Inquiry into Sexually Explicit Outdoor Advertising (23/06/2013)
  • New South Wales Government, NSW Victims Rights and Support Bill 2013 (27/05/2013)
  • Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013 (22/04/2013)
  • Federal Coalition Discussion Paper, Enhancing Online Safety for Children (29/03/2013)
  • Queensland Child Protection Inquiry, response to Discussion Paper February 2013 (15/03/2013)
  • New South Wales Government, Child Protection Legislative Reform Discussion Paper (07/03/2013)
  • Tasmanian Legislative Amendment Review Reference Committee, Legislative Reform Project: Amendments to
  • the Children Young Persons and their Families Act 1997 (15/02/2013)
  • Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Criminal Law Amendment Bill (no. 2) 2012 (10/02/2013)
  • Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Criminal Law (Child Exploitation and Dangerous Drugs) Amendment Bill 2012 (01/02/2013)
2012
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry, Consultation Paper on Establishment of Royal Commission and Terms of Reference (26/11/2012)
  • Queensland Child Protection Commission, Child Protection Inquiry (05/11/2012)
  • Queensland Parliament, Education and Innovation Committee, Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 (24/09/2012)
  • Parliament of Victoria, Family and Community Development Committee, Inquiry into Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations (21/09/2012)
  • Queensland Parliament, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Criminal Law (Two Strikes Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill 2012 (27/06/2012)
  • Tasmania Law Reform Institute, Sexual Offences Against Young People (25/06/2012)
  • Parliament of Victoria, Law Reform Committee, Inquiry into Sexting (20/06/2012)
  • Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children’s Commissioner) Bill  2012 (30/05/2012)
  • Provided a response to the Victoria Law Reform Commission’s Summary of Sex Offenders Registration Report  (01/05/2012)
2011
  • Queensland Legal Affairs, Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Committee, Criminal and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (16/12/2011)
  • Children’s Policy Branch, Department Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,  Role and Functions of a National Children’s Commissioner (07/12/2011)
  • Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council, Sentencing of Child Sex Offences in Queensland (07/12/2011)
  • Queensland Inquiry into the Education and Training Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (16/09/2011)
  • South Australian Attorney-General, Review of Section 71A of the Evidence Act 1929 (15/08/2011)
  • Domestic Violence Legislation Review Team, Department of Communities Review of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989 (08/08/2011)
  • Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services (01/08/2011)
  • Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council, Minimum Standard Non-Parole Periods (22/07/2011)
  • Australian Law Reform Commission, National Classification Scheme (15/07/2011)
  • Submission to the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry (08/07/2011)
  • Queensland Attorney-General, Consultation Draft of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2011 (08/07/2011)
  • Minister for Defence, External legal review of allegations of abuse in defence (16/06/2011)
  • Select Legal and Constitutional Committee (Commonwealth), Inquiry into the Australian Film and Literature Classification Scheme (18/04/2011)
  • Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety (ACT), Inquiry into the Operation of the Prostitution Act 1992 (24/02/2011)
  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs Branch, Department of Health and Ageing, Flexible Health Care Packages (10/02/2011)
  • Queensland Attorney-General, Draft Framework for the Statutory Protection of Sexual Assault Counselling Communications (01/02/2011)
  • Attorney-General’s Department, Family Law Branch Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 – Exposure Draft (11/01/2011)
2010
  • Child Rights Taskforce, NGO Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (17/12/2010)
  • Select Legal and Constitutional Committee, Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010 (15/12/2010)
  • Select Committee on Child Protection, Issues for consideration in reviewing Tasmania’s Child Protection System (15/11/2010)
  • Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety, Inquiry into Cyber-Safety (28/06/2010)
  • Northern Territory Government, Inquiry into the Child Protection System in the Northern Territory (12/03/2010)
  • Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee, Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2010 (01/03/2010)
  • Standing Committee on Law and Justice, New South Wales Attorney General, Inquiry into Spent Convictions for Juvenile Offenders (15/02/2010)
  • Classification Review Board, Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, Classification Categories for Computer Games (12/02/2010)
  • New South Wales Attorney General, submission in Relation to the Child Pornography Working Party (02/02/2010)
2009
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, New South Wales, Child Protection Legislation (Registrable Persons Amendment) Bill 2009 (18/11/2009)
  • Criminal Law and Law Enforcement Branch, Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, Consultation on Reforms to Commonwealth Child Sex-Related Offences (23/10/2009)
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, New South Wales, Child Protection (Nicole’s Law) Bill 2009 (15/10/2009)
  • Commission for Children and Young People and the Child Guardian, Queensland, Criminal History Screening Bill Consultation (28/09/2009)
  • Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee, Crimes Amendment (Working with Children – Criminal History) Bill 2009 (25/09/2009)
  • New South Wales Sentencing Council, The Use of Non-conviction Orders (08/09/2009)
  • Department of Justice and Attorney General, Queensland, Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 (03/07/2009)
  • Queensland Department of Justice & Attorney-General, draft Victims of Crime Assistance Bill 2009 (11/06/2009)
  • Queensland Attorney-General, Victims who kill their abusers: A discussion paper on defences (25/05/2009)
  • Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council Review, maximum penalties for sexual penetration with a child under 16 offences (01/05/2009)
  • New South Wales Sentencing Council, Standard Non-Parole Period Scheme: Model Spent Convictions Bill (16/02/2009)
  • New South Wales Attorney-General, consultation for proposed Bill on spent sentences (07/01/2009)