Law & Policy Reform
The Centre aims to change the context we work in. This means as well providing specialist legal assistance to women, we use our expertise and the experiences of our clients to inform better law and policy responses for women.
We provide expert advice to government, community and other stakeholders on key law and policy reform issues for women and particular community and cultural groups. We do this through contributing to public inquiry and submission processes, as well as through our membership on a number of Councils and Committees, informed by our day to day service delivery.
We also represent women in legal matters where there is greater social benefit and impact for a wider cohort of women to challenge current laws and policies (‘public interest litigation’).
Inquiry into Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2022
Senate Education and Employment Committee
National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children - February 2022
Family Violence Legislation Amendment Bill - Dec 2021
ACT Government Justice and Community Safety Directorate
SEX DISCRIMINATION AND FAIR WORK (RESPECT AT WORK) AMENDMENT BILL 2021
Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee
Sexual Consent Law Reform - Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2021 - 2021
Dr Marisa Paterson MLA
Inquiry into Australia's Family Law System
Australian Parliamentary Joint Select Committee - 2019
Sexuality and Gender Identity Conversion Practices Bill
ACT Government - 2020
Inquiry into Child and Youth Protective Services: Part Two – Information Sharing under the Care and Protection System
ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services - 2019
Dispensing with Consent
ACT Community Services Directorate Adoptions Taskforce - 2019
Review of Child Protection Decisions in the ACT
ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate – 2019