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Law Reform

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

Law Reform & Policy Work

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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 our sister Women’s Legal Services in the NT (Katherine Women’s Information and Legal Service and 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.

Get Involved

Are you interested in being involved with TEWLS’ law reform activities and projects?

TEWLS welcome the support and energy of community members in contributing to our continuing law reform activities and projects – be it through being involved in a stall or community event, or contributing to a law reform submission.

If you want to be involved in TEWLS’ projects or want to pitch an idea to TEWLS, please Contact Us.

Submissions

Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) Submission – Inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Repeal of Cashless Debit Card and Other Measures) Bill 2022.
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) Submission – Draft Sentencing and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 (Mandatory Sentencing).
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) Submission to the Review of Legislation and the Justice Response to Domestic and Family Violence in the Northern Territory – Legislative Reforms and Coercive Controls.
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) Submission to the Review of Legislation and the Justice Response to Domestic and Family Violence in the Northern Territory – Systemic Reforms.
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) Submission to the Exposure of the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2022.
Top End Women’s Legal Service (TEWLS) Submission to the draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032.
Top End Women’s Legal Service (TEWLS) – Incarcerated Tenants Policy paper to DTHFC Legal Services Group.
Top End Women’s Legal Service (TEWLS) – LSNT Membership Consultation Paper – Proposed Amendment to CPD Scheme re Bullying, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.
Top End Women’s Legal Service (TEWLS) x Katherine Women’s Information Legal Service (KWILS) – Care and Protection of Children Amendment Bill 2023.
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Service – Submission to Inquiry into missing and murdered First Nations women and children.
Top End Women’s Legal Service Inc. – Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission).
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) – Submission to the Northern Territory Law Reform Committee – Mandatory Sentencing and Community-based Sentencing.
Top End Women’s Legal Service Inc. Submission to Northern Territory Attorney General and Minister for Justice – Critical need for a specialist domestic and family violence counsellor – Women incarcerated at the Darwin Correctional Centre.
Women’s Legal Services Australia (WLSA) – Submission to the Family Law Amendment (Federal Family Violence Orders) Bill 2021.
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) Submission to the Justice Legislation Amendment (Domestic and Family Violence) Bill 2019 (NT)
TEWLS Submission to the draft Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice Agreement (NT)
TEWLS Submission to the Religious Freedom Bills; Second Exposure Drafts (Cth)
TEWLS Stakeholder consultation – Implementation of coronial findings for a new police power of entry in the Police Administration Act 1978 (NT)
TEWLS Submission in response to the Mental Health Enquiry Productivity Commission Draft Report (Cth)
TEWLS Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) (Cth)
Women’s Legal Services Australia (WLSA) – Submission to the inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence (Cth)
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System (Cth) 2020
TEWLS Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) National Inquiry into Sexual Harrassment in Australian Workplaces 2019
Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Reforming Regulation of the Sex Industry in the NT Discussion Paper 2019
Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Discussion Paper: Victims of Crime Reform 2019 (NT)
TEWLS representative complaint to the Ombudsman NT – Complaint on behalf of women incarcerated in the Darwin Correctional Centre – Inadequate access to health services – 1 March 2019
TEWLS submission to the Commonwealth Productivity Commission Issues Paper – Mental Health Inquiry 2019
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) submission to the Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 (NT) Discussion Paper 2019
TEWLS request to the Northern Territory Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, the Hon Natasha Fyles MLA – Amendments to the Fines and Penalties (Recovery) Act 2001 (NT) – 20 September 2019
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) submission to the Cth Religious Freedom Bills [the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019; the Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019; and, the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019]
Northern Territory Women’s Legal Services (NTWLS) submission to the Sex Industry Bill 2019 (NT)
TEWLS submission to the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (NT)
TEWLS letter to the Legal Policy Division – #LetHerSpeak – 22 November 2019
Open letter to the Commonwealth Attorney-General – Concerns about the family court merger – 11 November 2019
TEWLS & NTWWC Submission to the inquiry into the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth)
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)
TEWLS Submission to the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2018 (NT)
TEWLS Submission to the Select Committee on a Northern Territory Harm Reduction Strategy for Addictive Behaviours (NT)
TEWLS Submission to the Criminal Code Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017 (NT)
TEWLS Submission to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 (NT)
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)
Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Adoption of Children Legislation (Equality) Bill 2017 (NT)
Women’s Legal Services of the Northern Territory (WLSNT) Submission to the Modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act (NT) Discussion Paper
Joint Submission – Request for urgent legislative change to the Domestic and Family Violence Act 2007 (NT) to support victim safety
Joint letter: Domestic & Family Violence Network (DVFN) – Letter to Minister for Immigration Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs 2018
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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The TEWLS website has a “quick exit” button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

This button will close the TEWLS website and open the Bureau of Meteorology website. You may need to use this button if you are worried that someone is watching you use the computer or that you have been looking at the TEWLS website.

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Remember, deleting large parts of your internet history may be dangerous. This is because it may tell someone that you do not want your internet history to be found.

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DO YOU SPEAK A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?

If you would like to speak to TEWLS with an interpreter:

You can call TEWLS on 1800 234 441 and ask to speak to us with an interpreter. We can organise this for free. You will need to tell us your name, your phone number and the language that you speak. We will then call you back with an interpreter on the phone.

TEWLS are able to organise interpreters for most languages, including Aboriginal languages and Auslan.

 

You can also organise for TEWLS to contact you:

To organise for TEWLS to contact you, please complete the form through the Request An Appointment button on the TEWLS home page.

DO YOU WANT TO ACCESS THE TEWLS WEBSITE IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?

If you would like to listen to the TEWLS website in an
Aboriginal language:

TEWLS has had four Top End Aboriginal languages recorded for this website. You can click the “play” button to listen to these recordings.

The languages that are currently available are:

  • Murrinh-Patha
  • Tiwi
  • Warlpiri
  • Yolngu Matha
 

If you would like to read the TEWLS website in a language other than English:

The TEWLS website is able to be translated to lots of different languages. To change the language settings, press the “English” button in the top bar of the website and choose the language that you speak.
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