Consultation hub

Our consultation hub helps you to find, share and take part in consultations that interest you. We welcome your views.

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

Open consultations

Closed consultations

  • New family dispute resolution services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

    The Australian Government’s first Implementation Plan under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap included an announcement to provide funding for culturally safe and appropriate family dispute resolution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Family dispute resolution ... More

    Closed 8 April 2022

  • Respect@Work – consultation on remaining legislative recommendations

    View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response. In 2018, the Government commissioned the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, conducted by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins. The product of this inquiry – the... More

    Closed 18 March 2022

  • Possible reforms to the Bankruptcy system

    We have now published submissions for this consultation. In January 2021, the Australian Government undertook public consultation on possible changes to the bankruptcy system, to inform its ongoing response to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this consultation,... More

    Closed 25 February 2022

We asked, you said, we did

See what we've consulted on.

We asked

We asked people to share their views and feedback on any issues or impediments to people coming forward and sharing information with Royal Commissions. We did this as part of a review of how the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) operates to protect sensitive information given, or sought to be given, to a Royal Commission.

You said

Feedback in submissions to the review was generally positive and indicated that the new confidentiality protections implemented by the Royal Commissions Amendment (Protection of Information) Act 2021 have been helpful in terms of giving people greater confidence to share stories and experiences with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Thank you to everyone who provided a response.

We did

The feedback received has been used to inform the final report of the review.

The report identifies several possible legislative amendments to the Royal Commissions Act for further consideration:

  • applying confidentiality protections to future royal commissions
  • establishing processes for the operation of non-publication directions, including their lifting or amendment in appropriate circumstances
  • the admissibility of evidence given to a Royal Commission in tribunal proceedings
  • extending the scope of retribution protections for confidential submissions
  • options for clarifying circumstances in which non‑disclosure agreements might restrict information being provided to a Royal Commission
  • the possibility of allowing civil remedies to be sought within the Royal Commissions Act.

We asked

We sought public submissions on behalf of the Legislation Act Review Committee as part of a broad review of all aspects of the operation of the Legislation Act 2003 (Cth), which was required by section 59 of the Act.

You said

The Review Committee received 33 written submissions from a range of stakeholders, including government agencies, interest groups and academics. Stakeholder submissions broadly acknowledged the important functions of the Act as a mechanism for managing Commonwealth Acts and instruments, and largely agreed that the existing objectives of the Act are being achieved and remain appropriate.

Thank you to all who provided a response.

We did

The Review Committee considered all submissions received as part of the final report of the review. On 3 August 2022, the Attorney-General tabled the final report in Parliament.

The Review Committee found the Act remains fit for purpose. The report made 28 recommendations for further consideration. These include:

  • amendments to the Act
  • revised legislation approval processes
  • improvements to guidance material
  • education activities.

We asked

In the May 2021 Budget, the Australian Government announced increased funding for Children’s Contact Services (CCS), including funding to establish 20 additional CCS across Australia.

We sought your feedback on a draft methodology to estimate demand for new CCS by Statistical Level Area Level 4 (SA4) in order to determine the location for the new CCS. 

You said

We received a total of 81 submissions to our consultation.  

Responses came from across Australia and included submissions from citizens, family law professionals and service providers.

Stakeholder feedback on the draft methodology indicated:  

  • General support for the factors considered, with particular support for population per CCS, proximity, and disadvantage.
  • Dissatisfaction with the measure used to determine proximity.
  • Support for a more holistic measure of disadvantage.
  • Support for a greater focus on proximity in the weighting of factors.

Other feedback included:

  • Support for the inclusion of a factor considering domestic and family violence.  

We did

The input we received made a substantial contribution to the final methodology used to determine the 20 locations selected.

The final methodology is based on the 3 factors that received the greatest amount of support in the consultation.

It includes a new proximity measure, and considers proximity to be the most significant factor in estimating demand. It also includes a more holistic measure of disadvantage.

The final 20 locations selected are:

  1. Wide Bay, QLD
  2. Queensland – Outback, QLD
  3. Sydney – South West, NSW
  4. Hunter Valley exc. Newcastle, NSW
  5. Northern Territory – Outback, NT
  6. Western Australia – Outback (North), WA
  7. New England and North West, NSW
  8. Melbourne – North West, VIC
  9. Melbourne – Outer East, VIC
  10. Adelaide – North, SA
  11. North West, VIC
  12. Gold Coast, QLD
  13. Far West and Orana, NSW
  14. Perth – North East, WA
  15. Hume, VIC
  16. Barossa – Yorke - Mid North, SA
  17. Latrobe – Gippsland, VIC
  18. Cairns, QLD
  19. Sydney – North Sydney and Hornsby, NSW
  20. Riverina, NSW