Family violence & Commonwealth laws e-news | Discussion Paper now available!

Issue 8 | 19 August 2011  View original format

Discussion Paper now available!

At the end of July we told you to expect this Discussion Paper in the first week of August:  we do apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience. Commissioner in charge of the Inquiry and ALRC President Professor Rosalind Croucher described the process as rather like ‘unravelling a jumper—or in this case, several jumpers—as the threads of each of the very distinct parts of the Inquiry were explored’. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 30 September 2011

We have actually produced two documents. The full Discussion Paper provides a detailed account of our research and reasoning to explain how the ALRC arrived at the questions and proposals for reform. It is a very large document (approx 750 pages) which we trust will be of assistance to stakeholders who require more detailed background information, and be a valuable resource down the track. The Discussion Paper is available only online, in html and as PDFs for each of the seven areas.

Because we appreciate the time constraints on stakeholders and the impracticality of asking all respondents to tackle the full Discussion Paper, we have also produced a brief Summary Paper. It gives informed stakeholders easy access to the principles on which our ideas are based and what we are actually suggesting. We anticipate that most stakeholders will simply refer to the Summary Paper when developing submissions. The Summary Discussion Paper is available online. If you are unable to download your free copy of this Summary, the ALRC has a limited number of hard copies available.

Access Discussion Paper, Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws (DP 76) >>

Access Summary Discussion Paper >>

Making submissions

We strongly encourage respondents to use the online submission forms we have developed for this phase of the consultation.

This Inquiry is large in scope and there are many questions and proposals for reform. We have created separate forms for each of the different areas of law (eg, migration law, employment law, family assistance, etc) to help simplify the process. This means that if you are only, for example, interested in the area of employment law, you need only respond to that section of the Discussion Paper, using the relevant form.  Of course, you may respond to as many of the sections as you wish. You are not required to respond to each and every proposal within a form.

You can also provide your submission via email, mail or fax.

See ALRC’s media release >>