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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 resources page for our previous submissions.

Inquiry / Submission Website Status Further reading /
See also
Developing the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children Visit website Open. Consultation open till 31 May 2021. Read consultation guide
Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System Visit website Closed. Read the interim report
Inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence Visit website Closed Final report
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability Visit website Submissions open Make a submission
Review of direct cross-examination ban - Family Law Act 1975 Visit website Open. Submissions close 28 May 2021. Terms of reference
New South Wales
Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control Visit website Closed. Terms of Reference
Consultation - Consent in relation to sexual offences Visit website Closed. Consent in relation to sexual offences - Draft proposals
Review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter Visit website Closed. Consultation paper
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
Australian Capital Territory
No inquiries or submissions to display.
Sentencing Image-Based Sexual Abuse Offences in Victoria Visit website Closed. Read final report
Inquiry into Management of child sex offender information Visit website Open. Submissions close May 2021. Terms of Reference
Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System Visit website Open. Submission close 1 September 2021. Terms of Reference
No Inquiries or submissions to display.
South Australia
No Inquiries or submissions to display.
Western Australia
10 Year Strategy for Reducing Family and Domestic Violence Visit website Consultation closed Read consultation paper
Inquiry into the Magistrates Court of Western Australia's management of matters involving family and domestic violence Website Submissions closed.
Reporting date: 13 August 2020
Read submissions
Northern Territory
No Inquiries or submissions to display.
Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce Visit website Register for taskforce updates Register your interest for task updates

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

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