Recent Submissions

Parliamentary Family Law Inquiry (May 2017)

Women’s Legal Services Australia made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs in response to the parliamentary inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by violence. In this submission we make a number of recommendations to strengthen the family law system’s response to family violence and implement the five step plan to put safety first in family law. Find a copy of the submission below.  

View the full submission 11 May, 2017

A Gender Perspective on Elder Abuse - Submission to the ALRC Elder Abuse Inquiry (March 2017)

WLSA made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Discussion Paper 83: Elder Abuse (2016), (the Discussion Paper) focussing on the gendered nature of elder abuse. In our submission we also set out the intersections between elder abuse and intimate partner violence (as a subset of family violence), and drew the Commission's attention to the intersectional disadvantage of vulnerable older women. Find a copy of our submission below.

View the full submission 1 March, 2017

Calling for Better Complaints Mechanism for Family Law Consultants (February 2017)

The submission was made to the inquiry on the complaints mechanism administered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.  THis submission focussed on the current lack of a clear and simple complaints mechanism for health practitioners who act as family consultants, single expert witnesses, or expert witnesses in family law proceedings. This is in part due to the inadequacy of current arrangements under the Health Practitioner Regulaton National Law, as well as a lack of its integration with pertinent aspects of the Family Law Act. For our full submission, click the link below.

View the full submission 1 March, 2017

Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (January 2017)

Our submission to the UN Special Rapporteur focussed on the following series of priority areas of work relating to justice for women: unnecessary complexity of the legal system as it relates to family violence victims; reforms required to make faily law safer for women and children; economic security of women, in particular how family violence causes women's economic insecurity; and the particular vulnerabilities of women in prison. See the link below for a full copy of the submission.

View the full submission 23 January, 2017

Family Law Act Amendments Submission (January 2017)

In December 2016, the Australian Government sought submissions on an exposure draft of legislation amending the Family Law Act. The legislation proposed some significant changes, including expanding state and territory local courts' jurisdiction to decide family law matters, criminalising breaches of personal protection injunctions, and expanding the ability of courts to summarily dismiss "unmeritorious" family law claims.

View the full submission 19 January, 2017

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