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Standing Council of Attorneys-General

About the Standing Council of Attorneys-General

The Standing Council of Attorneys-General (SCAG) comprises Attorneys-General from the Australian Government, all states and territories, and the New Zealand Minister for Justice. Its purpose is to implement a national and trans-Tasman focus on maintaining and promoting best practice in law reform.

SCAG convenes quarterly.

On 12 August 2022, members agreed to change the name of the forum from the Meeting of Attorneys-General to the Standing Council of Attorneys-General, to better reflect the governance and operation of ministerial level meetings.

Communiqués

Read communiqués from previous iterations of this forum.

Meeting of Attorneys-General

The Meeting of Attorneys-General (MAG) convened annually. Read the MAG meeting communiques.

Council of Attorneys-General

The Council of Attorneys-General met up to twice a year, including a joint meeting with the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management. Meeting communiqués are available on the TROVE website.

Consultations

Stage 2 Review of the Model Defamation Provisions

New South Wales is leading a consultation process on Part A of the amendments to the Model Defamation Provisions (MDPs).

Victoria is leading a consultation process on Part B of the amendments to the MDPs.

 Find out how you can have your say below.

Part A exposure draft amendments to the MDPs

Part A of the Stage 2 Review of the MDPs addresses the question of internet intermediary liability in defamation for the publication of third-party content. New South Wales leads the Part A work.

On 12 August 2022, the Meeting of Attorneys-General agreed to release the draft Part A Model Defamation Amendment Provisions and an accompanying background paper for public consultation. A summary paper is also available for ease of reference – it is a short extract of the background paper.

Interested individuals and organisations are invited to provide written submissions in response to these documents.

You can send your submissions by:

or

  • Mail: Policy, Reform & Legislation, NSW Department of Communities and Justice, Locked Bag 5000, Parramatta NSW 2124.

Submissions close Friday 9 September 2022.

Please note that NSW Department of Communities and Justice may publish submissions, unless otherwise advised. If you wish for your submission to remain confidential, please clearly identify this when you send them your submission.

If you are interested in participating in the consultation but are unable to make a written submission, contact defamationreview@justice.nsw.gov.au.

Part B exposure draft amendments to the MDPs

Part B of the Stage 2 Review is directed towards overcoming the ‘chilling effect’ of defamation laws on reporting unlawful and criminal conduct to police and other bodies. Victoria leads the Part B work. Find out how you can have your say below or visit Engage Victoria.

On 12 August 2022, the Meeting of Attorneys-General agreed to release the exposure draft amendments and an accompanying consultation paper for public consultation.

Interested individuals and organisations are invited to provide written submissions by:

Submissions close on Wednesday 5 October 2022.

Please note that the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety will treat all submissions as public documents, and publish them, unless the submission clearly indicates it is confidential. If you wish for your submission to remain confidential, please clearly identify this when sending your submission.

If you are interested in participating in the consultation but are unable to make a written submission, contact CommunityRightsLawReform@justice.vic.gov.au

Secretariat contact details

You can contact the SCAG Secretariat by: