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  • Updates to the Guidelines for NGOs: Working with trafficked people

    Please read the following information carefully before starting the survey. The Guidelines for NGOs: Working with trafficked people (NGO Guidelines) were developed by members of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery to help non-government organisations working with people who have experienced human trafficking, slavery or slavery-like practices, including forced marriage. We are updating the NGO Guidelines to ensure that they: are aligned with and informed... More
    Closed 20 August 2023
  • Guidelines for appointments to the Australian Human Rights Commission

    In March 2022, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) Sub-Committee on Accreditation (the sub-committee) deferred the re-accreditation of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) as an ‘A’ status National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) for 18 months on the basis that the selection and appointment process for statutory appointees did not fully comply with the United Nations General Assembly Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (the... More
    Closed 22 August 2023
  • Open Government Partnership Phase 1

    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. Why we are consulting The Australian Government has delivered 2 National Action Plans (from 2016 to 2020), and now the Open Government Forum is working on the third National Action Plan (NAP3). The NAP3 will set out commitments by the Australian... More
    Closed 17 September 2023
  • Personal Insolvency Consultation

    On 2 March 2023, the Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, convened a national Roundtable (Roundtable) 1 with key stakeholders across all sectors of the personal insolvency system to better understand the pressure points and potential key areas for reform. The Roundtable brought together 23 organisations from a wide range of sectors with an interest in personal insolvency, including credit, finance, accounting, legal sectors and consumer groups. The Roundtable provided an... More
    Closed 29 September 2023
  • Submissions to the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-2025 (NLAP) review

    The National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-2025 (NLAP) is an agreement of more than $2.4 billion between the Australian Government and all states and territories to fund legal assistance services. The NLAP provides funding to Legal Aid Commissions (LACs), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), and Community Legal Centres (CLCs) to provide legal assistance to Australia’s most vulnerable people. Under Clause 81 of the NLAP, an independent review must be... More
    Closed 27 October 2023
  • Exposure Draft: Family Law Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2023

    The Australian Government is committed to improving the family law system so that it is accessible, safer, simpler to use, and delivers justice and fairness for all Australian families. The Government wants 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 release of the draft Family Law Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2023 (the exposure draft) is an opportunity to... More
    Closed 10 November 2023
  • Consultation to establish a national point of referral to help victims and survivors of child sexual abuse

    Child sexual abuse is a challenging issue and may bring up strong feelings. A detailed list of support services can be found below or on the Get Support page of the National Office for Child Safety website. 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... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • Public Consultation on the Government's response to the statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009

    On 22 September 2023 the Attorney-General announced the Australian Government’s response to the Final Report of the 2015 statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (the Whittaker Review). The Whittaker Review made 394 recommendations with the overarching objective of simplifying the personal property securities (PPS) framework. The government has developed a comprehensive reform package in response to these recommendations, which includes amendments to the Personal... More
    Closed 17 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: digital transformation the use of artificial intelligence promoting disclosure of interests and conflicts freedom of information public ethics anti-corruption ... More
    Closed 22 November 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 older persons. This consultation process focuses on addressing financial elder abuse and achieving greater consistency in laws for financial enduring powers of attorney (EPOAs). ... More
    Closed 29 November 2023
  • 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 improvements for public sector whistleblowers and support for disclosures of corrupt conduct to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). These reforms implemented 21 of the 33 recommendations from... More
    Closed 22 December 2023
  • Public Consultation on Doxxing and Privacy Reforms

    We are consulting with members of the public to seek your views on how to most appropriately address doxxing through civil remedies. Definition of doxxing 'Doxxing' is the intentional online exposure of an individual’s identity, private information or personal details without their consent . Doxxing can refer to a number of different practices, including: De-anonymising doxxing – revealing the identity of someone who was previously anonymous (for example, someone... More
    Closed 28 March 2024
  • Exposure Draft: Family Law (Superannuation) Regulations 2024

    The Family Law (Superannuation) Regulations 2001 (the existing Regulations) are due to sunset on 1 April 2025. We have been reviewing the existing Regulations with a view to remaking them prior to their sunset. We have released an exposure draft of the Family Law (Superannuation) Regulations 2024 (the new Regulations) to seek feedback on the proposed new Regulations. The superannuation splitting framework under the new Regulations is substantially the same as the current framework.... More
    Closed 26 April 2024
  • Consultation on Identity Verification Services Rules 2024

    The Attorney-General invites submissions on draft rules to be made under the Identity Verification Services Act 2023 (the IVS Act). The IVS Act, which passed the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2023, establishes a legislative framework to support the secure and efficient operation of the identity verification services, subject to strong privacy safeguards and oversight arrangements. The identity verification services are a series of automated national services offered by the... More
    Closed 1 May 2024
  • Review of Australia’s Credit Reporting Framework

    Australia’s credit reporting system is an important part of our economic and financial infrastructure. It supports credit providers to assess the creditworthiness of prospective borrowers by balancing the need to protect your personal information and your credit provider’s need to access your credit information during the credit assessment process. The Australian Government has appointed Ms Heidi Richards to undertake an independent review of Australia's credit reporting... More
    Closed 31 May 2024
  • Draft guidance on adequate procedures to prevent the commission of foreign bribery

    The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Foreign Bribery) Act 2024 passed through Parliament in February 2024 and introduces a new corporate offence of failure to prevent foreign bribery under section 70.5A of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The offence will apply where an associate of a corporation has committed bribery for the profit or gain of the corporation. However, a corporation will not be liable under the ‘failure to prevent’ offence if it can prove it had ‘adequate... More
    Closed 9 June 2024
  • Reforming Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime

    The Australian Government is committed to protecting Australians and preventing criminal abuse of our financial system. Reforms to Australia's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regime are required to ensure it continues to effectively deter, detect and disrupt money laundering and terrorism financing, and meet international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global financial crime watchdog. The AML/CTF regime establishes a... More
    Closed 13 June 2024
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