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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


Knowledge transfer and exchange

ANROWS host activities as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.


Knowledge translation resources

To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Inquiries and submissions

A list of active, or recently closed, inquiries and submissions relevant to domestic and family violence, sexual assault and women’s safety.

Various governments and independent organisations undertake inquiries into topical issues, and seek submissions from interested parties in relevant sectors. The results of these inquiries lead to recommendations put to governments to seek change to policies and procedures. The submission process enables organisations and individuals to have their say and contribute to law reform.


Below is a list of active, or recently closed, inquires and submissions relevant to domestic and family violence and women’s safety. See this library reading list for resources to assist with writing a submission, and this outline of the Australian policy context for women’s safety. See ANROWS’s resources page for our previous submissions.

Inquiry or submission Website Status Further reading /
See also
Developing the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children Visit website Closed. Consultation information
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability Visit website Submissions open Make a submission
Implementing the successor plan to the National Framework Visit website Closed. Consultation information
Improving the competency and accountability of family report writers Visit website Closed. Make a submission
Social Media (Anti-trolling) Bill Visit website Open. Closing date 21 January 2022. Explanatory paper
New South Wales
Audit Office of New South Wales review of police responses to domestic and family violence Visit website Closed. Objectives and criteria
Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control Visit website Closed. Read the report
Select Committee on the High Level of First Nations People in Custody and Oversight and Review of Deaths in Custody Visit website Closed. Read the report
Survey: Court and tribunal information: Access, disclosure and publication Visit website Closed. Survey information
Australian Capital Territory
No inquiries or submissions to display
Inquiry into Victoria’s criminal justice system Visit website Closed. Inquiry overview
Consultation: Addressing sexual harassment in Victorian workplaces Visit website Closed. Read submissions summary
Stalking laws inquiry Visit website Closed. Report to be delivered 30 June 2022. Terms of reference
Family Violence Reforms Bill Visit website Closed. Factsheet: Family Violence Reforms Bill 2021
South Australia
No inquiries or submissions to display
Western Australia
Sexual Violence Strategy Visit website Consultation to be undertaken in 2022. Further information to be provided before consultation opens.
Northern Territory
No inquiries or submissions to display
Serious violent offences scheme review Visit website Closed. Report on our findings and recommendations expected by 11 April 2022. Terms of reference
Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce Visit website Closed. Further consultations to be announced. Register your interest for taskforce updates
Consultation for a new Queensland Women's Strategy Visit website Closed. Consultation overview
Sex work industry review Visit website Open. Terms of reference

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Contact ANROWS

PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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