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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.

Exposure draft for Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017

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On 17 July 2017, the proposed legislation to prevent direct cross-examination where there is family violence, was released for public consultation.

APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules – Australia’s participation

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In July 2017, the Australian Government invited businesses and interested stakeholders to comment on a discussion paper about Australia's participation in the Cross Border Privacy Rules system. The system was developed by participating APEC economies with the aim of building consumer, business and regulator trust in cross border flows of personal information.

Proposed amendments to the foreign bribery offence in the Criminal Code Act 1995

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In 2017, the Australian Government explored possible reform options to improve the effectiveness of the offence in addressing foreign bribery, and to remove unnecessary barriers to successful prosecution.

Proposed model for a deferred prosecution agreement scheme in Australia

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In 2017, a public consultation paper was released on a proposed model for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) scheme to facilitate a more effective and efficient response to corporate crime by encouraging greater self-reporting by companies.

Proposed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 to respond to family violence

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In 2016, the Australian Government invited public comment on an exposure draft of proposed legislative amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 that would improve the family law system’s response to family violence.

Ongoing professional development and Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants

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In November 2016, the department sought views on ongoing professional development (OPD) requirements and the Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants.

Statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009

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In 2014, a review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPS Act) was announced as required by section 343 of the PPS Act. The final report was tabled before Parliament on 18 March 2015.

Review of Information sharing in family law and child protection

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In April 2012, Professor Richard Chisholm AM was engaged by the department to assist with the development of a best practice framework to improve the exchange of information by the federal family courts and the state and territory child protection systems. Outcomes were published in 2013 and 2014.

COAG Review of Counter-Terrorism Legislation

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Report of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The review evaluated the operation, effectiveness and implications of key Commonwealth, state and territory counter-terrorism laws.