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LOBBYING AND REFORM

Bravehearts actively participates in legislative review and reform and is involved in public debate on issues surrounding the sexual assault of children. We regularly contribute to both government and non-government inquiries and reviews and continue to fight for vital legislative change needed to protect Australian children through our lobbying initiatives.

At present, Bravehearts is vigorously calling on the Australian Government for a Royal Commission into the Family Law Systems to fix the ongoing failures of the current systems to adequately protect Australian children.

Bravehearts' Submissions to Government and Non-Government Inquiries and Reviews

2018 - 2019

July 2018

August 2018

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Civil Liability Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse Liability) Bill 2018

September 2018

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Amendment (Victims) Bill 2018

October 2018

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Follow up consultation on the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Amendment (Victims) Bill 2018
  • NSW, Department of Justice: Draft Regulations to the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Amendment (Victims) Bill 2018.
  • Qld: Queensland Productivity Commission: Inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism.

November 2018

  • NT, Department of the Attorney-General and Justice: Options for the implementation in the Northern Territory of the civil litigation reforms recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Consultation Paper.
  • ACT, Justice and Community Safety Directorate: Consultation on Royal Commission recommendations regarding reporting of child sexual abuse with implications for the confessional seal.
  • Qld, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: Human Rights Bill 2018.
  • Qld, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: Civil Liability (Institutional Child Abuse) Amendment Bill 2018

December 2018

  • Qld, Education, Employment and Small Business Committee: Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (Government Bill)
  • Qld, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

January 2019

February 2019

  • NSW, Law Reform Commission: Consent in relation to sexual offences Consultation Paper.
  • Qld, Department of Justice and the Attorney-General: Queensland’s Response to the Royal Commission Criminal Justice Report recommendations
  • Qld, Department of Justice and the Attorney-General: Criminal Code and Penalties and Sentences Amendment Bill 2019 (Draft Bill)

March 2019

  • Comm, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee: Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
  • Qld, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
  • Qld, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Mason Jett Lee) Bill 2019
  • Comm, Department of Health: National Action Plan for the Health of Children and Young People 2020-2030
  • NT, Department of Attorney-General and Justice, Victim Reform Discussion Paper.

April 2019

  • Qld, Queensland Productivity Commission: Inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism (Draft Report).
  • Qld, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Proposal Paper: Reform to facilitate greater admissibility of tendency and coincidence evidence
  • Qld, Queensland Government: Sexual violence prevention framework

May 2019

  • Tas, Discussion Paper: Section 194K of the evidence Act 2001
  • UNCRC, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Concept note for a General Comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment (UN Committee on the Rights of the Child)

 

2017 - 2018

July 2017

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment (Parole) Bill 2017
  • NSW, Department of Justice: Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Bill 2017
  • NSW, Department of Justice: Proposed application of the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 2006 (NSW) to Commonwealth sex offences.
  • NSW, New South Wales Sentencing Council: Review of victims’ involvement in sentencing.

Aug 2017

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Children (Detention Centres) Amendment (Parole) Bill 2017
  • NSW, Department of Justice: Submission in relation to the second draft of the Justice Legislation (Early Guilty Pleas) Bill 2017.
  • Qld, Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee: Inquiry into improving the delivery of respectful relationships and sex education relevant to the use of technology in Queensland state schools.

Sep 2017

  • NSW, Department of Justice: submission in relation to the NSW Government’s response to the civil litigation recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Oct 2017

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Discussion paper, Strengthening child sexual abuse laws in NSW
  • Commonwealth, eSafety Commissioner: Feedback on confidential report.

Nov 2017

  • Commonwealth, Department of Communications and the Arts: Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill 2017.
  • Vic, Department of Justice and Regulation: External consultation paper: Betrayal of Trust recommendation 26.1.

Feb 2018

  • Commonwealth, Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs: Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 and the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017
  • NSW, Department of Justice: Consultation on Prosecution Guidelines
  • NSW, Department of Justice: Consultation on requesting a review of a prosecutorial decision.
  • Qld, Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council: Review of community based sentencing orders, imprisonment and parole options.

May 2018

  • ACT Government’s consultation on the criminal law reform recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
  • NSW, Department of Justice: Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill 2018 
  • National Children’s Commissioner views on Australia’s Progress in Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children.
  • NSW, Standing Committee on Law and Justice: Inquiry into the adequacy and scope of special care offences.
2016 -2017

July 2016

  • Qld, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: Comment on Draft Limitations of Actions and Other Legislation (Child Abuse Civil Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2016.
  • Commonwealth, Department of Communications and the Arts: Discussion Paper, Civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

August 2016

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Statutory Review of the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 2006 (NSW)

Sept 2016

  • Qld, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: draft Limitations of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Amendment Bill 2016 and the Limitations of Actions and Other Legislation (Child Abuse Civil Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2016.

October 2016

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Discussion Paper, The sharing of intimate images without consent – ‘revenge porn’.
  • Qld, Department of Justice and Attorney-General: Issues paper, The civil litigation recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: redress and Civil Litigation Report – understanding the Queensland context.
  • Qld, Department of Premier and Cabinet: Queensland Parole System Review
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Criminal Justice Consultation Paper

November 2016

  • NSW, Department of Justice: Review of draft report on Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 2006 (NSW)
  • Qld, Queensland Police Service: Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.
  • Vic, Department of Justice and Regulation: Wrongs Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse) Bill 2016

Dec 2016

  • Qld, Queensland Family and Child Commission: Review of the Blue Card System

Jan 2017

  • Qld, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: Submission: The Next Chapter in Child Protection Legislation for Queensland

March 2017

  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Submission to Case 57

April 2017

  • Qld, Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council: Issues paper, Classification of child exploitation material for sentencing purposes

May 2017

  • Qld, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017.
  • Commonwealth, Parliamentary inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence: Submission.

June 2017

  • Qld, Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee: Child Protection and Education Legislation (Reporting abuse) Amendment Bill 2017.
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)