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Visit our archived consultations to see the outcomes of consultations held before October 2021 on the Attorney-General's Department website.

Closed consultations

  • Public sector whistleblowing stage 2 reforms

    The Australian Government invites submissions on a consultation paper as part of the second stage of public sector whistleblowing reform. The first stage of reforms, which commenced on 1 July 2023, amended the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth) (the PID Act) to deliver immediate...

    Closed 22 December 2023

  • Achieving greater consistency in laws for financial enduring powers of attorney

    All Australian Governments are committed to promoting the dignity, security and autonomy of older Australians. This includes preventing the abuse of older people in all its forms – physical, financial, psychological and sexual abuse, and neglect – and taking positive steps to promote the rights of...

    Closed 29 November 2023

  • Open Government Partnership Phase 2

    The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The OGP agenda extends to a variety of issues. These include:...

    Closed 22 November 2023

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We asked

Australia’s Open Government Forum is developing Australia’s third National Action Plan (NAP3) in consultation with civil society and government. The NAP3 will outline commitments by the Australian Government to activities that promote transparency, accountability and collaboration between the government, civil society and the business community.

The Open Government Forum agreed on a co-creation process in June 2023. This process outlined 2 phases of public consultation. We undertook Phase 2 public consultation through an online survey from 9 November 2023 – 22 November 2023.

The forum established 8 commitments for inclusion in in Australia’s third National Action Plan. Phase 2 consultation focused on these commitments:

  • Commitment 1: Automated decision-making and responsible use of artificial intelligence
  • Commitment 2: Youth Advisory Groups
  • Commitment 3: Commonwealth Integrity Strategy
  • Commitment 4: Beneficial ownership reform
  • Commitment 5: Integrity and accountability in procurement and grants
  • Commitment 6: Commonwealth whistleblower protections
  • Commitment 7: Transparent political donations and truth in political advertising
  • Commitment 8: Combatting misinformation in non-English-speaking communities

You said

We received 10 responses to this consultation. The submissions came from a range of stakeholders, including businesses, not-for-profit groups and individuals.

The responses included helpful suggestions to support the implementation of commitments for Australia’s next National Action Plan.

All respondents identified which commitments they felt were of the highest importance, and provided valuable insight on how each commitment might be successfully implemented.

We thank everyone who took the time to engage with us and provide their feedback.

We did

Analysis and summary of the responses was provided to all forum members and included in the meeting papers for the fifth forum meeting on 4 December 2023. There was clear alignment between most of the responses and the commitments the forum chose.

The consultation responses will be used to inform the development and implementation of the commitments in the NAP3. Read the consultation analysis report and further updates on the progress of NAP3 at the Australia’s Open Government Partnership site. The forum consulted on the co-creation process and the working group themes during Phase 1 consultation.

We asked

On 27 October 2021, the Australian Government launched the National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse 2021-2030 (National Strategy), and committed $307.5 million for implementing 62 measures under the National Strategy’s First National Action Plan (NAP) and First Commonwealth Action Plan.

Under the National Strategy, the National Office for Child Safety (National Office) is establishing a national point of referral to help victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, practitioners and the general public to navigate the service system and access information and resources (National Action Plan Measure 7).

We understand that the current service system in Australia is complex, often difficult to navigate, and that there is no single-entry point for victims and survivors and other people seeking information and support. We sought feedback on how best to design a service that meets people’s diverse needs in a trauma informed, culturally safe and accessible way.

You said

We received 38 responses to this consultation and 12 written submissions. We also conducted targeted consultations with sector representatives, peak bodies and government agencies, and engaged First Nations Collective Consulting who partnered with Impact Co., to undertake dedicated trauma-informed, culturally safe, accessible and inclusive consultations with people with lived experience, First Nations people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and people with disability.

We heard from a range of stakeholders including:

  • people with lived experience of child sexual abuse and their advocates
  • First Nations people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • people with disability
  • people who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • health services 
  • service providers 
  • government agencies 
  • advisory groups 
  • Children’s Commissioners 
  • legal services 
  • peak bodies 
  • advocacy services 
  • research organisations
  • religious organisations.

Stakeholders told us what makes services feel trustworthy, safe and effective, as well as the enablers and barriers to accessing services. Stakeholders highlighted that victims and survivors need to be at the centre of the national point of referral and they need to feel confident and safe when seeking help. Qualified staff providing localised knowledge and referrals are important, as is the capacity and capability to meet demand. Stakeholders want a trauma-informed, culturally safe, intersectional service that provides specialist information and advice about child sexual abuse and quickly connects people with local services and support.

Thank you to everyone who took part and provided their time and expertise.

We did

The DRAFT National Point of Referral – Community Consultations Summary 2023 provides a summary of feedback from individuals and communities. The DRAFT National Point of Referral - Service Sector and Government Consultations Summary 2023 outlines a summary of the feedback heard from sector representatives, peak bodies and government agencies.

Stakeholders are invited to provide additional comments or feedback on the draft consultation summaries by 9 February 2024 by email to NationalOfficeForChildSafety@ag.gov.au or through our contact us page.

Feedback from consultations with individuals and communities as well as sector representatives, peak bodies and government agencies, will inform the design and delivery of the national point of referral. 

The National Office is working with states and territories to finalise the proposed service model in early mid 2024.   

We asked

From 18 September to 10 November 2023, we sought feedback on an exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2023 (the exposure draft). The exposure draft proposed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) to make sure separating couples can better understand the decision-making framework used in family law to resolve their property and financial matters confidently and safely.

The proposed amendments aim to address the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Final Report No. 135: Family Law for the Future - An Inquiry into the Family Law System and implement elements of the Government Response to the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System.

The release of the exposure draft was an opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the proposed amendments. We asked for feedback about the proposed amendments, including whether they achieve our intended policy outcomes, using specific questions set out in a consultation paper.

You said

We received 86 submissions on the exposure draft. These came from:

  • members of the public
  • legal professionals
  • family law services sector representatives including family dispute resolution professionals and Children’s Contact Services
  • women’s safety advocacy groups
  • First Nations bodies
  • academics.

Many submissions supported the policy intention of reforms in the exposure draft, particularly the focus on recognising the economic effect of family violence in family law matters and simplifying the property decision-making framework.

The responses included helpful, technical suggestions to support improvements to the exposure draft, and provided useful insights based on experience within the family law system.

We did

The feedback will inform our advice to government on improvements to the exposure draft. We thank everyone who took the time to engage with us by providing feedback.

We have published submissions where we have received permission from the author to do so. Some submissions have been redacted to avoid breaching section 121 of the Family law Act, for privacy considerations and where there are concerns about copyright material.