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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.


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 /
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Consultation on the remaining Respect@Work recommendations Visit website Closed. Submissions closed 18 March 2022. Consultation paper
Missing and murdered First Nations women and children Visit website Referred. Report due 30 June 2022. Terms of reference
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 Open. Submissions close 31 December 2022. Make a submission
New South Wales
Family is culture legislative review discussion paper Visit website Submissions close 27 May 2022. Make a submission
Audit Office of New South Wales review of police responses to domestic and family violence Visit website Closed. Read report
Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control Visit website Closed. Read the report
Australian Capital Territory
No inquiries or submissions to display
Parliamentary Inquiry into children affected by parental incarceration Visit website Closed. Submissions closed 29 April 2022. Terms of reference
Inquiry into Victoria’s criminal justice system Visit website Closed. Read the report
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
Coercive control in South Australia Visit website Closed. Submissions closed 1 April 2022. Discussion paper
Western Australia
Legislative Responses to Coercive Control in Western Australia Visit website Community consultation open till July 30. Fact sheet about the consultation process
Sexual Violence Strategy Visit website Consultation to be undertaken in 2022. Further information to be provided before consultation opens. 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
Northern Territory
No inquiries or submissions to display
Serious violent offences scheme review Visit website Closed. Report on findings and recommendations expected by 11 April 2022. Terms of reference
Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce Visit website Submissions to Discussion paper 3 open closed 8 April, 2022. Read Discussion paper 3
Sex work industry review Visit website Open. Terms of reference

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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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