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Consultations

We regularly conduct public consultations to better understand the views and concerns of our stakeholders and the broader community.

Visit our Consultation Hub to find open consultations and provide feedback on topics that interest you.

Closed consultations

We will publish the outcomes of consultations held from October 2021 onwards on our Consultation Hub.

To find consultations held before October 2021, see below.

Review of the Privacy Act 1988

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On 12 December 2019, the Attorney-General announced that the Australian Government would conduct a review of the Privacy Act 1988 to ensure privacy settings empower consumers, protect their data and best serve the Australian economy. The review was announced as part of the government’s response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry.

Ensuring fair and reasonable returns to class action members

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On 30 September 2021, the Attorney- General and the Treasurer jointly announced for consultation exposure draft legislation to promote a fair and reasonable distribution of class action proceeds in proceedings involving a third party litigation funder.

Inquiry into the use of the term good faith in civil penalty and criminal offence provisions in Commonwealth legislation

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The department has published a consultation paper for the inquiry into the use of the term good faith, in civil penalty and criminal offence provisions in Commonwealth Legislation along with a call for submissions.

A New Decision-Making Framework for Property Matters in Family Law

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A consultation paper is being released seeking stakeholder feedback on approaches to simplifying the property provisions in the Family Law Act, in response to ALRC recommendations.

National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney

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Attorneys-General from each Australian jurisdiction have agreed to consult on possible arrangements for a National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney. We have prepared a consultation paper to seek your views.

Guaranteeing a minimum return of class action proceeds to class members

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The Australian Government is consulting on the best way to guarantee a statutory minimum return of the gross proceeds of a class action.

Review of direct cross-examination ban - Family Law Act 1975

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In late 2018, the Australian Government passed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act) to protect victims of family violence by banning direct cross-examination in certain circumstances in family law matters involving family violence. These include situations where there are convictions, charges or final family violence orders in place between the parties.

Consultation on the future of OPD for marriage celebrants

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Consultation on the future of ongoing professional development (OPD) for marriage celebrants, discussion paper and OPD survey. The discussion paper provides options for possible future OPD requirements for marriage celebrants. The survey seeks to capture celebrant views on the options.

The bankruptcy system and the impacts of coronavirus

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This webpage provides information about public consultation on possible changes to the bankruptcy system to inform the government’s ongoing response to address the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Bankruptcy Regulations 2021 – Exposure Draft consultation

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The Bankruptcy Regulations 1996 are due to sunset on 1 April 2021. We have been working to remake the existing regulations, with minor and technical amendments proposed.

Singapore Convention on Mediation

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This webpage provides information about a public consultation we held on the Singapore Convention on Mediation.

Review of the Seacare deemed diseases instrument

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In 2021, the Attorney-General’s Department finalised a review of the specified diseases and employment instrument declared for the purpose of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992.

Industry Consultation on Financial Products and the Personal Property Securities Act

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The department is seeking the views of industry experts on the provisions in the Personal Properties Act 2009 regarding financial property and intermediated securities.

National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention – Public Consultation on the Bills

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On 27 August 2020, the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, introduced the legislation to establish the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (‘National Commissioner’) into Parliament. A four week period of public and stakeholder consultation also commenced on 27 August 2020.

Improving protections of employees' wages and entitlements: further strengthening the civil compliance and enforcement framework

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This paper sought input from the community about the operation of the compliance and enforcement framework. It followed a paper issued on 19 September 2019, titled Improving protections of employee’s wages and entitlements: strengthening penalties for non-compliance, which considered the penalty framework in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).