Law Reform

TEWLS has a strong advocacy focus and has recently made the following legislative or policy-based submissions:

2018

  • Submission to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018
  • Submission to the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2018
  • Draft Guiding Principles for Protecting Vulnerable Witnesses

2017

  • NT Department of Health - Termination of Pregancy Law Reform in the NT Discussion Paper
  • Commonwealth Exposure Draft: Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  • Continuing advocacy regarding the Review of the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services 31 July 2016 ("the Hamburger Report")
  • Commonwealth Department of Communication and the Arts Civil Penalty Regime for Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images Discussion Paper
  • Submission to the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2018
  • Draft Guiding Principles for Protecting Vulnerable Witnesses
  • Review of Domestic and Family Violence Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017
  • Submission to the Criminal Code Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017
  • Submission on the Adoption of Children Legislation Amendment (Equality) Bill 2017
  • Review of Charter of Victim’s Rights and accompanying issues Paper 
  • Submission to the Law Council of Australia’s The Justice Project, ‘A National Blueprint for Justice for All’
  • Submission in Response to Public Consultation Paper and Exposure Draft: Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross Examination of Parties) Bill 2017 (Cth)
  • Submission to the Modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act Discussion Paper
  • Submission to the ALRC Discussion Paper in relation to Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • A collective key stakeholder letter, led by the Domestic Violence Legal Service (DVLS), to the NT Government to request urgent changes to section 41 Domestic Violence Orders in the Domestic and Family Violence Act to ensure and protect victim safety
  • Correspondence to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory identifying and addressing gaps in service provision for women incarcerated in the Darwin Correctional Centre
  • Endorsed the Submission to Treasury Joint Submission on Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities August 2017

2016

  • ALRC Inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians
  • NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice - Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel's Law) Bill 2015
  • NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice - Domestic and Family Violence (Recognition of Domestic Violence Orders) (National Uniform Law) Amendment Act 2016
  • ALRC Inquiry into Elder Abuse - Issues Paper
  • Commonwealth Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015
  • Australian Consumer Law Review Secretariat - Australian Consumer Law Interim Report
  • NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice - Justice Legislation Amendment (Body-worn Video and Domestic Violence Evidence) Bill 2016
  • NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice - Personal Violence Restraining Orders Bill 2015
  • Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT

2015

  • Commonwealth Inquiry into the phenomenon colloquially referred to as "revenge porn", which involves sharing private sexual images and recordings of a person without their consent
  • NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice - Domestic Violence Proposals Issues Paper
  • SACC Review Secretariat - Review of the Small Amount Credit Contract (SACC) laws
  • NT Department of Children and Families - Through the Eyes of the Child: Improving Responses to Victims of Sexual Abuse and Criminal Neglect Discussion Paper
  • NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice - Review of the Domestic and Family Violence Act (NT)
  • NT Department of Housing - Periodic Tenancies and "no reason" notices of termination for public housing tenants
  • NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice - Reform of Personal Violence Restraining Orders (NT)
  • Commonwealth Proposed Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015 Exposure Draft
  • Commonwealth Senate Inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of law enforcement and justice services
  • NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice - Development of a Central Bond Holding Scheme in the NT

2014

  • NT Department of Attorney General and Justice - Proposed conferral of jurisdiction under the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Conferral of Jurisdiction Amendments) (No. 2) Bill 2014 and amendments to the NT Residential Tenancies Act
  • Commonwealth Inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Specturm Disorder
  • Commonwealth Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s 18C) Bill 2014
  • Commonwealth Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
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