Family Violence Reforms Bill 2021 - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is seeking public comment on its intention to introduce legislation to reduce levels of family violence in the State and to improve the way Tasmania’s justice system deals with perpetrators of family violence.

In its ‘Safe Homes, Safe Families: Next Steps’ election commitment, the Government committed to strengthening family violence laws by creating a new declaration for repeat family violence offenders. The Government also committed, at Action 25 of the Safe Homes Families Communities action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022, to introducing the ability to mandate participation in behaviour change programs as part of a Family Violence Order.

This draft Bill delivers on these commitments and includes additional miscellaneous amendments to improve the operation of the family and sexual violence legislative framework.

The Family Violence Reforms Bill will provide for amendments to the following

  • Family Violence Act 2004
  • Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2005
  • Corrections Act 1997
  • Criminal Code Act 1924
  • Evidence Act 2001
  • Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Act 2001
  • Firearms Act 1996 and
  • Sentencing Act 1997.

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The comment period for this consultation is now closed.

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on this website.

Submissions will be published once the Government's consideration of the submissions has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please contact Strategic Legislation and Policy by email to Legislation.Development@justice.tas.gov.au or read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
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Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

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