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Our research

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.


News and events

ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange 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.



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
Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 Visit website Submissions open to 23 June. Final report due 24 August 2023. Information about the Bill
Scoping the development of specialised and trauma-informed legal services for victims and survivors of sexual assault Visit website Submissions closed 7 May 2023. Discussion paper
Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 [Exposure Draft] Visit website Submissions closed 27 February 2023. The Bill was referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry on 11 May 2023. Exposure draft
Current and proposed sexual consent laws in Australia Visit website Submissions closed on 16 March 2023. Final Report due 13 September 2023. Terms of reference
Access to offenders’ superannuation for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse Visit website Submissions closed 16 February 2023. Discussion paper
Consultation Draft of the National Principles to Address Coercive Control Visit website Submissions closed 11 November 2022. Consultation Summary released 29 March 2023. The Consultation Draft
Missing and murdered First Nations women and children Visit website Submissions closed 12 December 2022. Final Report due 7 December 2023. Terms of reference
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability Visit website Submissions closed 31 December 2022 Information on submissions
Employment White Paper - Consultation Visit website Submissions closed 30 November 2022. The White Paper will be released by the end of September 2023. Jobs & Skills Summit Issues Paper
Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services Visit website Submissions focused on ParentsNext closed 30 November 2022, Interim Report published February 2023. Interim Report
Inquiry into the Rights of Women and Children Visit website Submissions closed 16 December 2023 Terms of reference
Australian Framework for the ethical co-production of research with victim survivors Consultation closed 23 December 2022. Framework to be released in 2023. Read the draft framework
New South Wales
Coercive Control Exposure Draft Bill Visit website Submissions closed 31 August 2022. Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022 (NSW) passed the Lower House on 19 October 2022 Media release
Family is culture legislative review discussion paper Visit website Submissions closed 27 May 2022. Consultation summary report released September 2022 Consultation summary report
Review of domestic violence rental laws Visit website Submissions closed 2 December 2022 Issues paper
Australian Capital Territory
No inquiries or submissions to display
Parliamentary Inquiry into children affected by parental incarceration Visit website Submissions closed 29 April 2022. Report tabled 4 August 2022 Report
Inquiry into Victoria’s criminal justice system Visit website Submissions closed. Report published March 2022 Read the report
Stalking laws inquiry Visit website Submissions closed. Report delivered 21 September 2022 Final report
No inquiries or submissions to display
South Australia
Coercive control in South Australia Visit website Submissions closed 1 April 2022. Submissions report released May 2022 Submissions report
Western Australia
Legislative Responses to Coercive Control in Western Australia Visit website Submissions closed 30 July 2022 Fact sheet about the consultation process
Sexual Violence Strategy Visit website Consultation to be announced Media statement
Review of affirmative consent under the Criminal Code Visit website Terms of reference received by Law Reform Commission of Western Australia. Consultation to be announced Terms of reference
Inquiry into sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry Submissions closed 13 August 2021, report tabled 23 June 2022 Tabled report
Project 113 - Sexual Offences Visit website Submissions on Volume 1 closed 17 March 2023. Submissions on Volume 2 closed 6 April 2023. Discussion paper
Northern Territory
No inquiries or submissions to display
Serious violent offences scheme review Visit website Submissions closed. Report delivered 12 May 2022 Final Report
Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce Visit website Submissions to Discussion paper 3 closed 8 April, 2022 Read Discussion paper 3
Sex work industry review Terms of reference Final report published March 2023. Final Report
Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence Visit website Submissions closed 24 June 2022. Report published 21 November 2022 Final report

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