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.

Closed consultations

  • Review of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018

    The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) commenced on 1 January 2019 and complements Australia’s comprehensive criminal justice response to modern slavery. The Act was established through extensive consultations with the Australian business community and civil society. Under the Act, large... More

    Closed 22 November 2022

  • Consultation Draft – National Principles to Address Coercive Control

    You can contribute to a shared national understanding of coercive control by providing your feedback on the Consultation Draft of the National Principles to Address Coercive Control using the survey link below. Safety information This consultation is about family and domestic violence,... More

    Closed 11 November 2022

  • Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Extending Criminal Jurisdiction and Other Measures) Bill

    The Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Extending Criminal Jurisdiction and Other Measures) Bill (the Bill) supports the expansion of the Federal Court of Australia's (Federal Court's) jurisdiction in relation to corporate crime. Schedule 1, Part 1 of the Bill confers jurisdiction on the... More

    Closed 31 October 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