Submissions 2019-06-23T22:13:49+09:30

TEWLS holds a strong commitment to engagement in law reform and policy work on salient legal issues and aspects of the law that impact significantly on women’s lives.

We advocate for targeted changes to the law and associated policies and regulations, as well as systemic change on both a local and national level.

TEWLS typically provides submissions and comments on proposed legislative and policy changes in our core practise areas, with particular focus upon women’s experiences of domestic and family violence and access to justice. Where appropriate, TEWLS collaborates with other legal services, such as the Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (comprising of TEWLS, the Katherine Women’s Information and Legal Service, and the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service) to present a collegiate view of particular legislative reform, as well as produce media releases or statements to publicise our position on issues of concern for our clients.

TEWLS also has carriage of significant campaign and strategy work in support of our service’s Strategic Plan. To keep up to date with TEWLS’ current work, you can subscribe to our newsletter here.

2019

TEWLS Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) National Inquiry into Sexual Harrassment in Australian Workplaces 2019
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Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Reforming Regulation of the Sex Industry in the NT Discussions Paper 2019
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Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Discussion Paper: Victims of Crime Reform 2019
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TEWLS representative complaint to the Ombudsman NT – Complaint on behalf of women incarcerated in the Darwin Correctional Centre – Inadequate access to health services
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2018

TEWLS & NTWWC Submission to the inquiry into the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth)
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TEWLS Submission to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018 (Cth) (colloquially referred to as the Family Law Court and Federal Circuit Court Merger)
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TEWLS Submission to the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2018 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the Select Committee on a Northern Territory Harm Reduction Strategy for Addictive Behaviours (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the Criminal Code Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 (NT)
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Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-Examination of Parties) Bill 2017 (Cth)
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Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Adoption of Children Legislation (Equality) Bill 2017 (NT)
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Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act (NT) Discussion Paper
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Joint Submission – Request for urgent legislative change to the Domestic and Family Violence Act 2007 (NT) to support victim safety
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Joint letter: Domestic & Family Violence Network (DVFN) – Letter to Minister for Immigration Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs 2018
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Endorsed Report – Path to Nowhere Report: Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence and their Children, National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence and their Children, December 2018
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2017

Endorsed Submission: Domestic and Family Violence Network (DVFN) – Submission to Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review in the Northern Territory 2017
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TEWLS Review of Charter of Victims’ Rights and accompanying Issues Paper 2017 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Discussion Paper – Inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2017
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TEWLS Submission to the civil penalty regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images Discussion Paper 2017 (Commonwealth Department of Communication and the Arts)
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TEWLS Submission to the Law Council of Australia (LCA) Justice Project 2017
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TEWLS Submission to the Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform in the Northern Territory Discussion Paper 2017
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Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (Cth)
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TEWLS Media Release: International Tenants Day 2017
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Joint Submission (member of NT Association of Community Legal Centres): Submission to Treasury – Joint Submission on Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities
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2016

TEWLS Comments to the Justice Legislation Amendment (Body-worn video and Domestic Violence Evidence) Bill 2016 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the Domestic and Family Violence (Recognition of Domestic Violence Orders) (National Uniform Law) Amendment Act 2016 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Elder Abuse Issues Paper 2016
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TEWLS Submission to the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016 (Cth)
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TEWLS Submission to the Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (Cth)
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TEWLS Submission to the Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel’s Law) Bill 2015 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the Australian Consumer Law Review Interim Report 2016 (Cth)
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TEWLS Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory 2016
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TEWLS Submission to the Personal Violence Restraining Orders Bill 2015 (2016)
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TEWLS Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians 2016 (Terms of Reference)
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2015

TEWLS Submission to the Domestic and Family Violence Proposals Issues Paper 2015 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the Inquiry into the phenomenon colloquially referred to as ‘revenge porn’ (Cth)
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TEWLS Submission to the Proposed Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015 Exposure Draft (Cth)
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TEWLS Letter to Northern Territory Attorney-General and Minister for Justice seeking reform of Personal Violence Restraining Orders 2015
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TEWLS Submission to the review of the Domestic and Family Violence Act 2015 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to the review and consultation on the regulation of small amount consumer contracts and comparable consumer leases 2015 (Cth)
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TEWLS Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of law enforcement and justice services 2015 (Cth)
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TEWLS Submission to the Through the Eyes of the Child – Improving responses to Victims of Sexual Abuse and Criminal Neglect Discussion Paper 2015 (NT)
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TEWLS Submission to Issues Paper – Development of a Central Bond Holding Scheme in the Northern Territory 2015
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TEWLS Letter to the Northern Territory Minister for Housing regarding periodic tenancies and no reason notices of termination for all public housing tenants 2015
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TEWLS Submission to the proposed Evidence (National Uniform Legislation) Amendment Bill 2015 (Cth)
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