Law Reform

Law reform activities are an important part of the work of community legal centres in addressing inequities and inefficiencies in our laws. Wirringa Baiya is committed to law reform activities that achieve equality and social justice within the legal system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  communities. Wirringa Baiya have a particular interest in laws, policies and procedures that affect Aboriginal women, children and youth who have experienced violence.

Wirringa Baiya regularly make submissions to State and Federal government bodies on social justice and human rights issues that affect our clients. Wirringa Baiya contributes to the United Nations (UN) periodic reviews of the Committee of the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Our law reform work is informed by Aboriginal women, including our clients, staff, governing committee and the wider Aboriginal community. Our law reform work is sometimes done with other community legal centres and organisations with similar views. Through our law reform work, we are able to communicate to the government directly, about the experiences of our clients and how the law is impacting on them.

Our recent law reform activities can be found below:

2010

Submission to the Consultation Paper “Family Violence: Improving Legal Frameworks” – (23 June 2010)

2011

Submission to the Attorney-General’s Department: The Exposure Draft Family Law Amendments (Family Violence) Bill 2010 – (10 January 2011)

Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Issues: Domestic Violence Trends and Issues in NSW (Inquiry) – (23 September 2011)

2012

Submission regarding the NSW Victims Compensation Scheme – (13 April 2012)

Submission to the Select Committee on the Partial Defence of Provocation: Inquiry into Partial Defence of Provocation – (23 August 2012)

Submission to the NSW Department of Attorney-General and Justice: Inquiry into the Consent Provisions of the Crimes Act 1900 – (14 September 2012)

2013

Submission to the Department of Premier and Cabinet: Consent to Release Evidence Collected as Part of a Forensic Medial Examination – Options for Reform – (22 February 2013)

Child Submission to Family and Community Services: Discussion Paper Child Protection – Legislative Reforms and Legislative Proposals Strengthening Parental Capacity, Accountability and Outcomes for Children and Young People in State Care (The Discussion Paper) – (8 March 2013)

Submission to the Department of Family and Community Services: NSW Domestic Violence and Family Violence Reforms –  Response to Discussion Papers – (22 July 2013)

2014

Submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Royal Commission Issues Paper 5 – Civil Litigation – (17 March 2014)

Submission to the NSW Ombudsman: Review of the New Consorting Provisions Contained Within Division 7, Part 3A of the Crimes Act 1900 – (21 March 2014)

Submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Issue Paper 7 – Statutory Victims of Crime Compensation Schemes – (27 June 2014)

2015

Submission to the Sentencing Council: Amendments to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 – (1 May 2015)