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