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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.

Singapore Convention on Mediation

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

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.

Enhancing protections relating to the use of Enduring Power of Attorney instruments

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In March 2020, a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement was released to examine the regulatory options under consideration, in order to understand their economic and social impacts, and determine the relative costs and benefits of proposed Enduring Power of Attorney safeguarding options.

Draft guidance on adequate procedures to prevent the commission of foreign bribery

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On 2 December 2019, the Australian Government introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 into Parliament. The Bill would introduce a new corporate offence for failing to prevent an associate of a body corporate from committing a foreign bribery offence by.

Religious Discrimination Bills – Second Exposure Drafts

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In 2019, The Australian Government invited submissions on the second exposure drafts of a package of legislation on religious discrimination. Submissions closed Friday 31 January 2020.

Comprehensive review of the legal framework of the National Intelligence Community

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Information about the Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community by Mr Dennis Richardson AC (Richardson Review), which examined the effectiveness of the legislative framework governing the national intelligence community.
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Marriage Celebrants Program Review

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In 2019, the Department conducted a consultation and survey on options to streamline the Marriage Celebrants Program, and ongoing professional development.

Religious Discrimination Bills – First Exposure Drafts

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In 2019, the Australian Government invited submissions on a package of legislative reforms on religious discrimination. Submissions for this consultation closed on Wednesday, 2 October 2019.

Review of the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018​

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The Government’s Review of the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018​

Exposure draft native title reforms

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In 2018, the Attorney-General and Minister for Indigenous Affairs released exposure drafts of the Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 and the Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate Legislation Amendment Regulations 2018, for public comment.

Deferred prosecution agreement scheme code of practice

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In 2018, feedback was sought on the draft code of practice for the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) scheme. This consultation will help to inform the final code of practice. The final code will be published when the scheme commences.

Review of financial hardship arrangements

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On 28 March 2018, the Attorney-General announced that the Department would lead a review into hardship arrangements and how they interact with the consumer credit reporting framework. A discussion paper sought public submissions and outlined the review process and key issues relevant to the review.

Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments

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In 2018, the Attorney-General’s Department negotiated a draft convention to establish uniform rules for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in civil or commercial matters (the Hague Conference Judgments Project)

Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993

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The page outlines the process of proposed reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 which occurred through the release of an options paper and invitation for consultation. The page links to the submissions received in response to this options paper. The page also summarises the outcomes of the exposure draft’s consultation and the introduction of the Bill into the House of Representatives and the Senate.